Critical Language Scholarship Program | Advisor Overview

Advisor Overview

Although applicants are not required to obtain support from their home institutions to apply for the scholarship, we value the role that advisors play in supporting students in applying for nationally-competed awards like the CLS Program.

Advisors in our network are expected to do the following:

  • Advocate for and promote the CLS Program on campus, both to students and to other faculty members and administrators;
  • Support students in applying for the award;
  • Stay up-to-date on application and program requirements; and
  • Serve as a point of contact for staff from the CLS Program and the U.S. Department of State for outreach efforts.

In return, advisors have access to a range of resources and opportunities provided by the CLS Program to assist them in these efforts, including:

  • Printed and electronic promotional materials;
  • Periodic email updates with program information and news;
  • Pre- and post-program press releases for campuses with CLS finalists and participants;
  • Access to this advisors toolkit containing additional resources for advising students;
  • Invitations to attend regional, limited-participation advisor workshops and training events; and
  • Opportunities to read and evaluate applications for the CLS Program each winter.

The CLS Program maintains a list of advisors at colleges and universities nationwide who assist students with the CLS application process. The list is available on our website and is searchable by university name: