The CLS Program will offer 525 scholarships for intensive summer language institutes overseas in eleven critical need foreign languages for summer 2009.


Sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational
and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Council of American Overseas
Research Centers(CAORC), the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program
will offer 525 scholarships for intensive summer language institutes
overseas in eleven critical need foreign languages for summer 2009. The CLS
Program was launched in 2006 to offer intensive overseas study in the
critical need foreign languages of Arabic, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi,
Turkish and Urdu. In 2007, Chinese, Korean, Persian, and Russian institutes
were added along with increased student capacity in the inaugural language
institutes. In 2009, Azerbaijani will be offered at the intermediate and
advanced levels.

The CLS Program provides fully-funded seven to ten week group-based
intensive language instruction and extensive cultural enrichment experiences
held overseas at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels (beginning
not offered for Azerbaijani, Chinese, Persian or Russian) for U.S. citizen
undergraduate, Master's and Ph.D. students. 2009 program details will be
updated by early fall, and 2008 CLS Institute locations and information may
be found under Program Details <> .

The CLS Program is part of the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI),
a U.S. government interagency effort to expand dramatically the number of
Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Students
of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Former CLS
participants have applied with various academic backgrounds including
business, engineering, law, science, medicine, social sciences and
humanities. The CLS Program does not have any government service requirement
upon completion, however, it is expected that participants will continue to
continue their language study beyond the scholarship period and later apply
their critical language skills in their future academic and professional

 <> The 2009 application is now

The deadline for submitting your on-line application is Friday, November 14,
Your letters of reference and transcript(s) need to be postmarked by Friday,
November 14, 2008.


*        All applicants must be U.S. citizens.
*        Applicants must be currently enrolled in a U.S. degree-granting
program at the undergraduate or graduate level.*

*  Current undergraduate students must have completed at least one year of
general college course-work by program start date (one year is defined as
two semesters or three quarters).

*  Please see program details <>  for
more information on language pre-requisites for individual institutes.

*  Students in all disciplines including business, engineering, science, the
social sciences and humanities are encouraged to apply.

*  The U.S. Department of State and CAORC welcome all eligible applications
and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin,
gender, age, or handicap condition.

*Only current graduate students or graduating seniors are eligible to apply
to the summer 2009 Persian institute.

Grant benefits: All program costs are covered for participants. This
includes travel between the student's US home city and program location,
pre-departure orientation costs, applicable visa fees, room, board,
group-based intensive language instruction, program-sponsored travel within
country, and all entrance fees for program activities. Note: U.S. passport
fees will not be paid by the scholarship. Selected applicants must have a
U.S. passport valid through 2010 with at least two blank visa pages by early
March 2009. Please plan in advance to avoid visa delays.