Critical Language Scholarship Program | Punjabi

The 2024 CLS Program application is now closed.


Congratulations to all applicants for the 2024 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program and virtual initiative, CLS Spark! Applicants will be contacted by email in January with notification of the status of their application following the initial review process.



What Alumni Say About the CLS Program


Key Benefits

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Develop Key Expertise

The CLS Program provides its scholars intensive language and cultural instruction in an environment designed to maximize their language gains at every level.

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Career Ready Skills

Alumni apply their critical language skills in a variety of professional fields in public and private sectors as well as government, helping to support America’s competitiveness across the board.

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Citizen Diplomacy

CLS scholars represent the breadth and diversity of the United States. Through personal engagement they help to spread American values and develop mutual understanding with the people of other countries.



CLS News and Stories

Celebrating International Day of Women & Girls in Science with CLS Alumnae
International Day of Women and Girls in Science, February 11, is an annual observance that celebrates the achievements and contributions of women and girls around the globe in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Today, we recognize the importance of gender equali…

February 11, 2024


CLS Alumni Selected as 2024 Rhodes and Marshall Scholars
The CLS Program is delighted to recognize two alumni, Grant GianGrasso and Xavier Blackwell Lipkind, who will be continuing their studies in the U.K. next year through the Rhodes Scholarship and Marshall Scholarship, respectively.  Grant GianGrasso (Bangla 2023) was one of only 32 students ch…

January 24, 2024


2024 Alumni Ambassador Application Now Open!
Are you interested in sharing your experience while supporting and promoting the CLS Program? The application to become a 2024 CLS Alumni Ambassador is now open! Apply here by 11:59 pm EST on Thursday, January 11, 2024. Who are CLS Alumni Ambassadors? CLS Alumni Ambassadors take leadership roles …

December 26, 2023


CLS in the Press