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University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Campus Advisors

You are not required to go through any office on your campus in order to apply to the CLS Program. However, we recommend you make use of resources available on your campus to strengthen your application.

Resources on your campus may include an academic advisor, the Scholarships Office, Fellowships Office, Merit Awards Office, Study Abroad Office, Honors Program, Career Office or International Programs Office. A campus writing center may also provide helpful feedback on your essays.

The following individuals on your campus are knowledgable about the CLS Program and can provide advice on the application process for you, and support through the process:

Dana Johnson
Assistant Director of External Fellowships, Graduate College
David Schug
Director, National and International Scholarships Program
Nicole Nowbahar
Assistant Director, National and International Scholarships Program

The CLS Program provides resources to help you prepare a competitive application with or without the help of an advisor:


Previous Recipients

Year Name Language Site Institution
2021 Priyanka Zylstra Bangla Kolkata, India University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2021 Mary Buchheit Hindi Jaipur, India University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2021 Buyandelger Tsetsengarid Russian Vladimir, Russia University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2021 Hannah Wernecke Turkish Ankara, Turkey University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2021 Audrey Dombro Urdu Lucknow, India University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2020 Anabelle Clark Chinese Dalian, China University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2020 Mary Buchheit Hindi Jaipur, India University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2020 Buyandelger Tsetsengarid Russian Nizhny Novgorod, Russia University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2019 Ryan Mills Chinese Dalian, China University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2019 Shaina Hakimian Indonesian Malang, Indonesia University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2018 Aliaa Taha Arabic Ibri, Oman University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2018 Aja Beckham Indonesian Malang, Indonesia University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2018 Lauren Kirby Korean Gwangju, South Korea University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2018 Melanie Rohla Swahili Arusha, Tanzania University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2018 Matthew Schultz Turkish Baku, Azerbaijan University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2017 Eileen Witthoff Hindi Jaipur, India University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2017 Adam LoBue Swahili Arusha, Tanzania University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2017 Jennifer Peruski Swahili Arusha, Tanzania University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2016 Elizabeth Bastian Arabic Amman, Jordan University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2016 James Warning Persian Dushanbe, Tajikistan University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2016 Mitchell Margolis Turkish Baku, Azerbaijan University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2015 Isamar Mata Arabic Amman, Jordan University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2015 Jamison Watson Chinese Xi'an, China University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2015 Bradford Coyle Korean Gwangju, South Korea University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2014 Ruchi Tekriwal Arabic Ibri, Oman University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2014 Ryan Singh Punjabi Chandigarh, India University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2013 Noreen Madden Arabic Rabat, Morocco University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2013 Jeffrey Nicolaisen Chinese Chengdu, China University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2013 Agnes Sohn Korean Wonju, South Korea University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2012 Zachary Sell Hindi Jaipur, India University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2012 Dana Fager Japanese Kyoto, Japan University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2012 Andrew Dolinar Russian Kazan, Russia University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2011 DINAH ARMSTEAD Arabic Fes, Morocco University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2011 Whitney Carr Arabic Tangier, Morocco University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2011 Dana Fager Japanese Kyoto, Japan University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2011 David Greenstein Russian Kazan, Russia University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2011 Nellie Manis Russian Vladimir, Russia University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2011 Victoria Jacobs Turkish Ankara, Turkey University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2010 Sean Lane Arabic Cairo, Egypt University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2010 Hasan Shahid Bangla Dhaka, Bangladesh University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2010 Emelyn Baker Chinese Shanghai, China University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2010 Tiarra Beaver Japanese Kyoto, Japan University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2010 Gregory Xanthos Russian Ufa, Russia University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2009 Jacquelyn Van Sickle Korean Suwon, South Korea University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2007 Sean Poust Arabic Tunis, Tunisia University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2006 Travis Curtis Arabic Cairo, Egypt University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2006 Susan Johnson-Roehr Hindi Jaipur, India University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2006 Fedja Buric Turkish Ankara, Turkey University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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