Dear Colleague,

I hope this message finds you well! I am writing today to invite you to consider serving as an evaluator for the U.S. Department of State’s 2023 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program and CLS Spark.

Each year, the CLS Program relies on the expertise of advisors, faculty members, and administrators from colleges, universities, and educational organizations around the country to help us select a bright and unique group of undergraduate and graduate students to serve as citizen ambassadors as they spend the summer participating in intensive language study.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please complete the form linked below by October 30, 2022. More information about the reading process and our timeline is provided in this form. Please click through to read more, and then be in touch if you have further questions.

For those who have read for and evaluated CLS in the past, please note that this will be a volunteer activity; evaluators will not receive an honorarium. The CLS Program is grateful for our community of dedicated evaluators. We fully acknowledge that we could not facilitate this program without this community. As a small thanks for your contribution to this process, we will provide a letter outlining the importance of this service. We encourage you to use this letter in a promotion and tenure file, or any portfolio or dossier for professional or academic advancement.

We understand that some of our valued evaluators may not be able to commit to evaluating applications for us this year, and that some of those who are able to participate may choose to evaluate fewer applications than they have in the past. For this reason, we are looking to increase the number of individuals in our network of evaluators. We encourage you to share this opportunity with colleagues in your office (such as graduate students or faculty fellows) or on your campus who you think might be interested!

The application for our 2023 Program is open through November 15, 2022 at 8 PM Eastern. Please continue to share this opportunity with your students! More information is available on our web site:

Please let me know if you have any questions about evaluating applications or about this survey. I look forward to hearing from you!


Caitlin Ting
Assistant Manager, Outreach & Selection

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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