OURS National Scholarships

Critical Language Scholarship

Next deadline: TBA

UCB recipients!

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering 15 foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. It is a fully-funded 8–10-week overseas language and cultural immersion program for a diverse range of American undergraduate and graduate students at every level of language learning. 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.

Prospective applicants should make an individual advising appointment with Alicia Hayes or Keila Diehl in the OURS National Scholarships Office.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be:

  • a U.S. citizen or national
  • enrolled in a U.S. degree-granting program (AA, BA, BS, MA, MS, PhD, or professional) In a degree-granting program physically located in the United States; currently enrolled students who are currently on study abroad programs are eligible
  • 18 years of age by May 15, 2023 and must have completed one year of study at the start of the program
  • in acceptable mental and physical health
  • able to get a visa to the host country.

Selection Criteria

CLS applications are reviewed by language faculty, area specialists, study abroad professionals, and fellowship advisors. Recipients will be selected on the basis of merit with consideration for:

  • commitment to language learning
  • connection between language and goals
  • preparation for the CLS Program
  • adaptability, sensitivity, and resilience
  • contribution to the CLS Program and program goals

Application Requirements

  • online application (coming soon) (personal/academic info, four short answers, and 500-word statement of purpose)
  • unofficial transcript from UC Berkeley (and other colleges/universities if classes not transferred and shown on UCB transcript)
  • one letter of recommendation (using CLS form – coming soon)

 

Note: Applicants are eligible to apply for one language only. If you submit more than one application, you will not be considered for a scholarship in any language. Recipients may reapply another year for a second award.

For more information about this opportunity, visit the Critical Language Scholarship website.