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Amherst College 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:

Boris Wolfson
Assistant Professor, Department of Russian
Christine Overstreet
Director of Fellowships, Office of Fellowships

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 Talia Ward Arabic Meknes, Morocco Amherst College
2021 Reid Dodson Russian Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Amherst College
2020 Sarah Young Chinese Dalian, China Amherst College
2020 Nancy Nguyen Japanese Okayama, Japan Amherst College
2018 Benjamin Gilsdorf Russian Tbilisi, Georgia Amherst College
2017 Katherine Pedersen Swahili Arusha, Tanzania Amherst College
2015 Adrian Castillo Russian Vladimir, Russia Amherst College
2014 Noah Lerner Chinese Guangzhou, China Amherst College
2012 Bess Hanish Arabic Rabat, Morocco Amherst College
2011 Joshua Anderson-Russakis Arabic Amman, Jordan Amherst College
2011 Nathan Nash Russian Ufa, Russia Amherst College
2010 Matthew Reilly Arabic Cairo, Egypt Amherst College
2010 Keith Wine Russian Kazan, Russia Amherst College
2010 Kristin Ouellette Russian Vladimir, Russia Amherst College
2009 Tara Shabahang Persian Dushanbe, Tajikistan Amherst College
2009 Bessie Young Turkish Istanbul, Turkey Amherst College
2008 Cory Merrill Russian Nizhny Novgorod, Russia Amherst College
2008 Jeffrey Blevins Russian Nizhny Novgorod, Russia Amherst College
2008 Lauren Hill Russian Tomsk, Russia Amherst College
2008 Rachel Ruskin Russian Samara, Russia Amherst College
2008 Elizabeth Klein Urdu Lucknow, India Amherst College
2007 Channing Jones Chinese Suzhou, China Amherst College

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