Critical Language Scholarship Program | CLS Program Timeline
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CLS Program Timeline

Summer Language Institutes

September/October Application opens Application webinars for advisors
November Application closes Recommendations due
December Round 1 reading begins
December/January Round 1 reading closes Round 2 reading begins
January/February Semifinalists notified Round 2 selection panels
March Finalists notified
March - May Alternates promoted on a rolling basis
June Pre-departure orientations Advisors receive program press releases
August Students return

CLS Spark

March/April Application opens Application webinars for advisors
May Application closes
June Reading begins
July Selection panels convene Finalists notified
July/August Alternates promoted on a rolling basis
August Pre-program activities begin
September Program begins
December Fall program term ends
January Spring program term begins
March/April Spring program term ends Application opens