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Introduction to the Boren Awards and the Critical Language Scholarship

October 13, 2014

Are you interested in studying or want to continue learning languages such as Arabic, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, or Urdu (or other languages outside of Western Europe)? If so, see below for information on upcoming information sessions/webinars for two excellent US government programs that support linguistic and cultural immersion:  the Boren Awards and the Critical Language Scholarship.


Boren Awards

Boren Scholarship (Undergraduate) campus deadline: January 6

Boren Fellowship (Graduate) national deadline: January 27

Info Sessions
Please RSVP to

Thursday, October 9, 12-1PM

Disque 109 (light lunch provided)

Wednesday, October 15, 7-8PM

Day-of-webinar link

Friday, October 24, 3-4PM
Disque 109

Monday, November 17, 6-7PM
Disque 109
With special guest, Boren representative Hannah Grossblatt

About the Boren
Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.  Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. Undergraduate Boren Scholars usually study and/or co-op abroad. Boren Fellows usually study and/or research abroad. In exchange for funding, Boren awardees commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation. Learn more about the Boren Awards by visiting the Boren website ( or attending one of the above info sessions. We also encourage you to check out Boren's webinar schedule for additional resources and tips on writing strong applications for these awards.

Watch this tutorial to come prepared:

Critical Language Scholarship

CLS National Deadline: November 12

CLS Webinars
These webinars are hosted by a Program Officer from Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program (not the Drexel Fellowships Office). Each webinar will give an overview of the CLS Program but also dive into a specific topic related to the program. For questions and to RSVP for these sessions, contact Sarah Bartfeld at

Wednesday October 8, 2-3pm EST. Day-of webinar link.
Special topic: Community college students.

Friday October 17, 3-4pm EST. Day-of webinar link.
Special topic: Application tips.

About the Critical Language Scholarship

CLS is a fully funded overseas language program for American undergraduate and graduate students. A program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, CLS is part of a U.S. government effort to dramatically expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning. The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, from a wide variety of fields of study, backgrounds and career paths, with the purpose of representing the full diversity of professional, regional, cultural and academic backgrounds in the United States. You can learn more about CLS by visiting the program website ( or by attending one of the webinars.