Critical Language Scholarship Program

Award Details 

Awarded for 8-10 weeks fully-funded overseas foreign language instruction and cultural enrichment experience in 15 critical need languages for US students in higher education. 

Application Tips Webinar (2021 competition) 


  • US citizenship
  • Undergraduate or graduate student
  • No previous language study required for Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Persian, Punjabi, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu
  • One year of previous language study required for Arabic, Korean, Portuguese, and Russian
  • Two years of previous language study required for Chinese, and Japanese
  • More information on eligibility

Application Timeline 

Deadline: November annually for language institute the following summer

OSU Contact 

LeAnn Adam
OSU Coordinator for National and Global Scholarships Advising 
[email protected]

Critical Language Scholars from OSU 

Hargobind Khalsa (2019) Punjabi

Miriam Lipton (2019) Russian

Brian Erickson (2019) Swahili

Chris Foertsch (2015) Indonesian

Camille Violet (2014, 2013) Bangla

Kimberly Kenny (2014) Chinese

Jenna Albert (2010) Korean

Sara Haines (2007) Arabic

Megan Rioux-Forker (2007) Arabic