Scholarships and Fellowships


The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.

CLS is part of a wider government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. CLS plays an important role in preparing students for the 21st century's globalized workforce and increasing national competitiveness.

The Critical Language Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by American Councils for International Education.

Languages Offered

The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. Please visit the CLS Institutes page for more information.

Applications are due November 27, 2018. 

Recommendations: Have two references submit recommendation forms supporting your application. Recommendation forms are due November 29, 2018. 

Boren Awards
Boren Awards provide a unique funding opportunity for U.S. students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East). The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

The Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 for undergraduate students to study in countries that are generally underrepresented in study abroad.

The Boren Fellowships provide graduate students up to $30,000 to add an important international and language component to their graduate studies.

Additional information on preferred geographic regions, languages, and fields of study, as well as application procedures can be found at For more information, please contact your Boren undergraduate scholarship campus representative, Dr. Rebecca Bias,, or contact the Boren Awards at 1‑800‑618‑NSEP or            

The Boren Scholarships national application deadline is February 7, 2019.

Melton Center Scholarships - 
The Melton Center for Jewish Studies offers generous scholarships, grants and awards to undergraduate students and graduate students The purpose of these funding opportunities is to reward and encourage excellence in Jewish studies. Recipients will be chosen on the basis of academic performance and commitment to the goals of Jewish scholarship.

Beinecke Scholarship - 
20 Beinecke Scholars are selected annually on the basis of superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement (3.7+ GPA), and personal promise. This award provides $34,000 towards graduate funding. Undergraduate students who plan to earn a terminal degree (PhD or MFA) in the arts, humanities, or social sciences should apply in their junior year. Candidates must also have a documented history of receiving need-based financial aid. More information can be found at the OSU Undergraduate Fellowship Office Website.

Other Scholarships Through Ohio State
Go to the Student Financial Aid website for additional information on scholarships and funding.