CLI Funding Overview

CLI Funding Overview (basic)

CLI funding applications for Summer 2022 are now closed. The deadline for all CLI funding applications was January 24th, 2022.

Welcome to the CLI Funding Overview page. Here you will find information on need and merit-based funding offered by the Critical Languages Institute, as well as two of the external scholarship programs that can be used to fund your CLI program.

For information on our Need-Based Fee Reduction, which does not require an additional application, please see the associated tab below.

In order to apply to one of our scholarships, you must first apply to a CLI program. Once you have started your CLI application, you will see a section titled "Scholarship Information" on your application dashboard under "Resources." From the scholarship information screen, you will be able to choose which scholarship application to begin.

You CAN apply for more than one type of scholarship, but please read through the eligibility requirements carefully. Please note that applying for a CLI program does not grant you automatic consideration for a scholarship. Please contact us if you have any questions about funding!

To begin a CLI application, please click here:                                  

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If you have already started an application, please log in here:

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Different Funding Opportunities Available

Supported by the Melikian Center's endowment and by private donations, the Melikian Center Awards Program provides scholarships for superior applicants to study ANY language at CLI.

Students who study in Arizona only, can receive up to $1,500

Students who study in Arizona and partake in the optional 4 week abroad extension can receive up to $4,000

Students who study for 8 weeks abroad with CLI can receive up to $4,000

We also offer targeted awards for Albanian, Hebrew, Polish, and Ukrainian:

  • Through a fund created by CLI Albanian alumna Dr. Elaine H. Berkowitz, CLI is able to provide a limited number of awards of up to $500 for students of Albanian.
  • Thanks to the generosity of Friends of Jewish Studies, the Arizona State Jewish Studies Program is able to offer awards of up to $500 for students of Hebrew in CLI.
  • The generosity of past CLI students has made it possible to provide a limited number of awards of $500 for students of Polish.
  • Thanks to the generosity of the Ukrainian National Women's League of America (UNWLA) and private donors from the Ukrainian community, CLI is able to provide a limited number of awards of up to $1,000 for students of Ukrainian.

Please note, you do not have to submit separate applications for the targeted awards for Albanian, Hebrew, Polish, or Ukrainian. If you are applying to study any of these languages, your application for the Melikian Center Awards Program will automatically be considered for these awards.

ASU students, non-ASU students, teachers, and all other non-students are eligible to apply for this funding

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The Department of State's Title VIII program funds graduate students with U.S. citizenship to study less commonly taught languages.

Past CLI Title VIII fellows can be awarded the fellowship up to two more times, for a maximum of up to 3 fellowship awards, as long as they maintain their graduate student eligibility.

Students who apply for an Arizona only program may receive up to $5,000

Students who apply for an Arizona program with the 4 week abroad extension may receive up to $10,000.

Students who apply for an 8 week study abroad program through CLI may receive up to $10,000.


  • Currently enrolled graduate student
    OR Accepted to a graduate program for Fall of 2022
  • U.S. citizen


You must be applying to one of the following language programs:

  • Albanian
  • Armenian
  • BCS
  • Kazakh
  • Macedonian
  • Polish
  • Russian (3rd year or higher)
  • Tatar
  • Ukrainian
  • Uzbek

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Project GO at ASU is run by the Arizona State University Critical Languages Institute, in cooperation with the ASU Army, Air Force, and Naval ROTC units. Project GO participants study alongside non-ROTC students.

ASU Project GO has a limited number of openings. Participants are selected on a competitive basis. Selection criteria include academic achievement, potential to commission, commitment to mastering the language of study, and leadership potential. See the ROTC website for details.

Beginners study at ASU for 2 months, then go abroad for 1 month.  

Intermediate & Advanced students study abroad for 2 months.

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The Melikian Center offers up to a $1,000 reduction of the published CLI program fee for qualified Pell-eligible students and non-students with an annual family income of $50,000 or less. This $1,000 reduction applies to Tempe-based or study abroad programs.

Unlike our other funding opportunities, this reduction does not require a separate application. Instead, you are only required to indicate your Pell eligibility on your general CLI program application in order to be considered for this fee reduction.

These fee reductions are limited. Not all who apply will be awarded.

To learn more about Pell or to see if you are eligible, please visit:

This award is offered through an outside source; NOT through CLI at ASU. We simply offer support if you have been awarded so can attend one of our language programs. Please see below:

The State Department's Gilman Scholarship provides awards of up to $8,000 for students in financial need to study abroad, including in CLI overseas programs. Gilman applications require certification of the program by your institution's study-abroad office.

If you apply for Gilman support, please contact for assistance in getting the required information to your institution.

Gilman summer study applications are accepted from August to October and January to March. Please apply for the early competition, if possible, since applicants to the later competition will not learn their award status until after the deadline to commit to CLI study. Please contact for details on timing your Gilman application.

The Summer Foreign Language and Area Studies award provides eligible students with a $2,500 stipend and up to $5,000 in summer tuition to go towards a summer intensive language program of their choice in Asia. 

Please note that the $5,000 will only be applied towards tuition and fees, and does not cover housing, travel, or meals which are often included in study abroad program costs. The stipend may be used to cover the costs not included in the tuition portion of the scholarship.

This is an external scholarship and requires a separate application. Please visit the FLAS website for details.