Deadline Approaching! November 15, 2012 – Critical Language Scholarship

The CLS Summer 2013 application is open! They have also launched a great new version of their  website

Another change was made in with their online application host, which is now being handled by American Councils’ AIS Forms system, which you can find here:

About the Program

A program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offers intensive summer language institutes in thirteen critical foreign languages for summer 2013. The selection process is administered by American Councils for International Education with awards approved by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Languages Offered

The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government 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. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. Please visit the CLS Institutes page for more information.

  • 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.
Application deadline:
11:59 p.m. U.S. P.T. on November 15, 2012
(02:59 a.m. U.S. E.T. on November 16, 2012)
Instructions for completing the application can be found here.
Applicants will be notified by email in mid-January 2013 of whether their application passed the initial review process. We plan to notify applicants who pass initial review of final acceptance or non-acceptance to the program in mid-February 2013.
For information about the CLS Program, please visit
Interested applicants at the University of Iowa are encouraged to contact Kelly Thornburg, UIHP Fellowships Director at 319-335-1874 or Karen Wachsmuth, UI International Programs Academic Programs and Student Services Administrator at