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The CLS Application for the 2022 Summer Programs will open in early October, 2021.

While you're waiting, learn more about the CLS Program or read our Frequently Asked Questions.

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Summer 2021 Resources for Applicants

The application for the 2022 summer program will include some changes, but the majority of it will remain the same, including the essay prompts and selection criteria. Similar to last year's application, only one letter or recommendation will be required for each applicant.

We recommend you to take a look at these resources from last year that are still applicable to the 2022 application.

Virtual Information Session


Application Tips


What is CLS?


A Day on the CLS Program


Getting Help With Your Application

The CLS Program maintains a list of faculty members and administrators at colleges and universities nationwide who have volunteered to assist students with the CLS application process. If you do not have a designated CLS representative at your university, we recommend you contact your university’s study abroad, fellowship office, career services office, or writing center. Note that CLS applicants are not required to obtain support from their home institution to apply for the scholarship, but we strongly recommend that you take advantage of the resources available on your campus.

Also be sure to watch the official CLS Application Tips video above, which is designed to help you write focused, effective essays that speak to the selection criteria for the CLS Program. We recommend this video for every student applying to the CLS Program.

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