Syracuse University

Center for Fellowship & Scholarship Advising

Critical Language Scholarship

About the Critical Language Scholarship

Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) are intensive in-country summer language immersion programs designed to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Program languages currently include: Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, and Urdu (beginning, advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels); Arabic and Persian (advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels); Chinese, Japanese, and Russian (intermediate and advanced levels). Applicants applying for beginner levels should have some exposure to their target language and applicants at the advanced and intermediate levels should have completed coursework or other relevant experiences within their target language. The CLS Program is part of the U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Graduate and undergraduate students in all disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, sciences, social sciences, and humanities, are encouraged to apply.

Special Location of award, if applicable: International Study

Eligible applicants:

• are undergraduate (sophomore and above) or graduate students
• will continue their language study beyond the scholarship period
• plan to apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers
• be at the appropriate level in the target language

University endorsement required?

No

Citizenship requirement:

Must be U.S. citizen

The Critical Language Scholarship application process:


Start by thoroughly reviewing the information on the scholarship website , including the profiles of previous CLS winners. CLS programs are offered at all levels of instruction, but it is recommended that even applicants applying for beginner levels have some exposure to their target language. SU offers classes in Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian, and Turkish. See the Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Department website at http://lang.syr.edu/. Applicants at the advanced and intermediate levels should have completed extensive coursework or other relevant experiences within their target language. It is also recommended that applicants complete area studies coursework on the region or country in which they wish to complete a CLS program.

Review the sample application online. Brainstorm content for your statement of purpose and short answers.

Plan to attend the information session and writing workshops organized by CFSA in October and November to learn more about the application process.

Applications are due to the CLS Program in mid-November.

Interested? Contact CFSA for more information on how to get started!

Advising contact:

Naomi Shanguhyia  Email:  nyshangu@syr.edu
More Information:  http://clscholarship.org/

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