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Cynthia A. Kierner
Professor of History
Director, Ph.D. Program in History
George Mason University
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
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From: Kathryn E Agoston <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship Summer 2016 Application NOW OPEN - Please alert your students!
Date: October 8, 2015 at 1:32:04 PM EDT

CRITICAL LANGUAGE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM SUMMER 2016 APPLICATION NOW OPEN  DEADLINE NOVEMBER 23, 2015


We are pleased to announce the opening of the scholarship competition for the U.S. Department of State 2016 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program in fourteen critical foreign languages.
 
The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is a fully-funded overseas language program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and to build relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.
 
The fourteen CLS languages are: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.
Please note that while some languages are open to beginners, others have pre-requisites. Heritage speakers who require additional training to use their language professionally are also welcomed.  See the web site for additional information.
 
The CLS Program is pleased to announce that, for the first time, Swahili will be offered at the beginning through advanced levels.
 
The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, from a wide variety of fields of study, backgrounds and career paths, with the purpose of representing the full diversity of professional, regional, cultural and academic backgrounds in the United States. Thus, students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, science, social sciences, arts and humanities are encouraged to apply.
 
There is no service requirement for CLS Alumni after the program. However, participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their professional careers. Participants are selected based on their commitment to language learning and plans to apply their language skills to their future academic or professional pursuits.
 
Please note that CLS is an intensive group-based language program.

The application is now live and available online at:  http://www.clscholarship.org
Applications will be due November 23, 2015 by 7:59 pm EST.
 

Prior to preparing their application, interested students should review the full eligibility and application information on the CLS Program website: http://www.clscholarship.org/information-for/applicants.  

The Office of Graduate Fellowships provides application support and review for this competition.  Please contact Dr. Kay Ágoston at [log in to unmask] to schedule an appointment.

 
For news, updates and more information about the CLS Program, check out the CLS website or our Facebook page for updates!
 
CLS Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/CLScholarship

For questions, please contact us at: [log in to unmask] 



Kathryn E. Ágoston, PhD
Director of Graduate Fellowships
Office of the Provost
George Mason University
4400 University Drive, MS 3A2
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-993-3131
Twitter:  @GradFellowsGMU