Critical Language Enhancement Award

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The Critical Language Enhancement Award (CLEA) is a feature of the U.S. Student Fulbright Program, which provides an opportunity for some Fulbright U.S. Student grantees to receive typically from three to six months of intensive language study as an enhancement to their Fulbright grants. Language instruction providers and duration of individual programs are subject to change and vary by eligible country. They must be approved by local Fulbright Commissions/Foundations or U.S. Embassies in the host countries. CLEA is offered to students once they have been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student grant which requires that they use one of the eligible languages for their Fulbright project and beyond.

The purpose of the Critical Language Enhancement Award is to cultivate higher levels of language proficiency prior to and during the Fulbright grant period and beyond. Ultimately, Critical Language Enhancement grantees will achieve a high level of proficiency in a targeted language and will go on to careers or further study which will incorporate the use of the language studied and/or related languages.

Program Length

3 - 6 months

Eligibility and Application Overview

Public applications are accepted.

To be selected for a CLEA, you must:

  • have been selected for a Fulbright Full Grant (or ETA, in some cases) by the eligible country for which they applied.
  • meet the minimum CLEA language requirement of the host country by the start of the Fulbright grant.
  • demonstrate an interest in continuing their language training in future professional activities.

Country-Specific Information

Institute of International Education
United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017-3580
Tel: 212-984-5330

More details on applying and eligibility

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