The U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

The application for the 2021 CLS Program is currently open to students. Students can apply by visiting The scholarship deadline this year will be November 17, 2020.

CLS is a structured overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students that is fully-funded by the U.S. Department of State. The intensive program is 8 weeks long and takes place over the summer. In addition to Chinese, we currently also offer programs in 14 other languages that are critical to our engagement with the world all across academic and professional disciplines.

A number of online general information sessions about CLS between now and the application deadline can be viewed by visiting

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships

Since 1990, the Blakemore Foundation has awarded over $20 million in grants to graduating seniors, college graduates, graduate students and young/mid-career professionals to fund an academic year of advanced language study in East and Southeast Asia, including Professor Beth Carter, who received a fellowship from us in 2013 to study Japanese at the Inter-University Center in Yokohama.

Applications for our fellowships for the 2021/2022 academic year are now open at

Superior candidates pursuing careers which will involve the regular use of an East or Southeast Asian language, in fields such as academia, STEM, international business, accounting, law, medicine, journalism, architecture, teaching, social and NGO work, and government service, are encouraged to apply.

Blakemore Freeman Fellows receive a stipend for living, travel and study expenses and full tuition for programs such as:

● Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies at Tsinghua University
● International Chinese Language Program at National Taiwan University
● Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama
● Seoul National University, Sogang University and other language programs in South KoreaBlakemore Freeman Fellowships are also available for advanced language study in:
● Thailand     ● Vietnam     ● Indonesia     ● Cambodia     ● Myanmar