Critical Language Scholarship Program | CLS Refresh
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CLS Refresh

One of the key goals of the CLS Program is to support scholars to learn critical languages and continue their study and use of those languages after the end of their participation in the program. In order to substantively contribute to the continued development of critical language skills by CLS Program scholars, we are pleased to announce CLS Refresh, a new language learning offering for alumni of the CLS Program. This opportunity will provide virtual language instruction for approximately 220 CLS alumni beginning in October 2021, at no cost to the alumni selected to participate.

Alumni who participate in CLS Refresh will receive up to 40 hours of virtual tutoring over the course of the program period, between October 1, 2021 and February 28, 2022. Instruction will be individualized and scheduled to accommodate a variety of professional and academic schedules and students in different time zones.

Each individualized course will include:

  • Between one and four hours of instruction each week (with flexibility for U.S. and host country holidays),
  • Up to 40 hours of instruction in total, and
  • Regular individual feedback from instructors.

All alumni of the CLS Program in good standing are eligible to apply for this opportunity, including those not located in the United States. Alumni who would like to participate must submit an application, articulating a proposed course of study (approximate number of hours per week and length of engagement) as well as describing their motivations for participation and how they have been using their CLS language since the conclusion of their program.

The application deadline is September 1, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT. Selected alumni will be notified of their acceptance in mid-September and asked to work with their assigned host institute and the Program Coordinator to finalize a schedule for instruction by October 5, 2021.

Interested alumni should review dates and times availability for their CLS language and complete the application here: CLS Refresh 2021 Application