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FY 2025 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

ID: SFOP0010328 • Type: Posted

Description

The U.S. Study Abroad Branch (ECA/A/S/Q) in the Office of Global Educational Programs in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), U.S. Department of State, is pleased to announce an open competition for proposals to administer the FY 2025 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program. The CLS Program is a component of the U.S. Department of State's effort to increase the number of Americans who learn critical foreign languages in support of the U.S. foreign policy goals of bolstering national security; promoting U.S. competitiveness and economic prosperity; and building mutual understanding with critical regions of the world.

The CLS Program started in 2006 as part of the interagency National Security Language Initiative. The award will fund approximately 522 U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study critical languages through intensive overseas language institutes organized on behalf of ECA, in countries and locations where the target languages are widely spoken and through virtual programming. The award supports programming for all CLS alumni since the program's inception in 2006.Only one proposal will be considered by ECA from each applicant organization. In cases where more than one submission from an applicant appears in grants.gov, ECA will only consider the submission made closest in time to the NOFO deadline; that submission would constitute the one and only proposal ECA would review from that applicant.

Please see the NOFO for additional information.

Background
The U.S. Study Abroad Branch (ECA/A/S/Q) in the Office of Global Educational Programs in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), U.S. Department of State, is pleased to announce an open competition for proposals to administer the FY 2025 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program. The CLS Program is a component of the U.S. Department of State’s effort to increase the number of Americans who learn critical foreign languages in support of the U.S. foreign policy goals of bolstering national security; promoting U.S. competitiveness and economic prosperity; and building mutual understanding with critical regions of the world.

Grant Details
The award will fund approximately 522 U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study critical languages through intensive overseas language institutes organized on behalf of ECA, in countries and locations where the target languages are widely spoken and through virtual programming.
The award supports programming for all CLS alumni since the program’s inception in 2006.
The program aims to develop a diverse cadre of Americans with advanced linguistic skills and related cultural understanding who are able to advance international dialogue, bolster national security, contribute to U.S. economic prosperity, and build mutual understanding.

Eligibility Requirements
U.S. public and private non-profit organizations, including U.S. higher educational institutions, or consortia of such organizations, meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3), may submit proposals to cooperate with ECA in the administration and implementation of the CLS Program.

Period of Performance
The overseas CLS Institutes will take place during summer 2025 (late May to mid-August) for a duration of eight – ten weeks in country, not including the pre-program orientation.

Grant Value
$8,990,000 is anticipated for the administrative components and implementation of the CLS Program in FY 2025.

Place of Performance
The overseas CLS Institutes will be located in various regions including Near East and North Africa, East Asia and Pacific Region, Europe and Eurasia Region, South Central Asia Region, Sub-Saharan Africa Region, and Western Hemisphere Region.

Overview

Category of Funding
Other (see text field entitled "Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity" for clarification)
Funding Instruments
Cooperative Agreement
Grant Category
Discretionary
Cost Sharing / Matching Requirement
False
Source
On 3/29/24 the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs posted grant opportunity SFOP0010328 for FY 2025 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program. The grant will be issued under grant program 19.009 Academic Exchange Programs - Undergraduate Programs. It is expected that one grant will be made worth between $9.0 million and $9.0 million.

Timing

Posted Date
March 29, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EDT
Closing Date
June 3, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EDT Due in 48 Days
Last Updated
March 29, 2024, 9:19 a.m. EDT
Version
2
Archive Date
July 3, 2024

Eligibility

Eligible Applicants
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Private institutions of higher education
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Additional Info
Please see announcement.

Award Sizing

Ceiling
$8,990,000
Floor
$8,990,000
Estimated Program Funding
Not Provided
Estimated Number of Grants
1

Contacts

Contact
Bureau Of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Contact Email
Contact Phone
(202) 890-9795
Additional Information
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Organizational Funding Opportunities

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