Statuses now live in advisor portal

I hope this message finds you well! We have just completed notifying finalists and alternates for the 2023 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program, a program of the U.S. Department of State, and its virtual initiative, CLS Spark.

Notification emails were sent to the primary email address listed on each student’s application. If you have students who are waiting to hear back and have not yet seen their notification email, please encourage them to check their spam filters. If they still do not see a notification from us, they should email to confirm their email address for the message. 

As a principal advisor, you can also log in to see the selection status for applicants at your institution in our advisor portal located at:

A note about our terminology:

  • Students who appear as “Finalist” have been selected to participate in this summer’s programming. Congratulations! 
  • Students who appear as “Alternate” have been placed on a waiting list. They are eligible to be selected for a CLS award should there be finalists who do not accept their awards. Alternates will be notified on a rolling basis if they are subsequently selected for an award.
  • Students who appear as “Not selected” have not been selected to participate in this summer’s programming.

If you need to reset your password, please use the email address associated with your account and not your username. If you have difficulties accessing the advisor portal, please let us know. 

We thank you for the role you’ve played in supporting these applicants throughout the year! 

Best wishes,

Caitlin Ting
Assistant Manager, Outreach and Selection
Critical Language Scholarship Program

You can check your current institution listing here: If there have been changes on your campus and your listing needs to be updated, please email us anytime at

The CLS Program is a program of the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, supported in its implementation by American Councils for International Education
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