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Critical Languages Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes


Deadline: November 12, 2014

Important notes: You must be at the intermediate or advanced level of Chinese, Japanese or Russian in order to apply those languages

Eligibility: Must be a U.S. citizen; be either currently enrolled in a degree-granting program at the undergraduate or graduate level or have graduated from an undergraduate or graduate program no more than 2 years prior to application; and if current undergraduate, 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). Open to all degree programs including business, engineering, science, the social sciences and the humanities.

Description: The United States Department of State and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) are pleased to announce the availability of scholarships for intensive overseas study in the critical need foreign languages of Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu for summer.

As 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, the Department of State Critical Language Scholarships will provide funding for U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master’s and Ph.D. students to participate in beginning, intermediate and/or advanced level summer language programs at American Overseas Research Centers and affiliated partners.

Recipients of these scholarships will be expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period and later apply their critical language skills in their professional careers. Institutes locations include Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, South Korea, Russia, Tajikistan, Tunisia, and Turkey.

All program costs are covered for participants. This includes travel between the student's home city and program location, pre-departure orientation costs, applicable visa fees, room, board, travel within country and all entrance fees for program activities. Note: U.S. passport fees will not be paid by the scholarship.

Send applications to: please see website listed above; however, OSSP will assist students with the application process

UIC winners:
- Neharika Akkoor, India (Hindi); Bridget Hansen, Oman (Arabic); Sarah Lee, Russia (Russian)
- Alex Guevara, Morocco (Arabic); Osamah Hasan, Indonesia (Bahasa); Michelle Lee, China (Mandarin)
- M. Sophia Newman, Bangladesh (Bangla); Hugh Vondracek, Turkey (Turkish)
- M. Sophia Newman, Bangladesh (Bangla)
- Daniel Scheider, India (Hindi)
2009 - Adam Kuranishi, Jordan (Arabic)


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