National Security Language Initiative for Youth

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students and recent high school graduates to learn less commonly taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs.

NSLI-Y does not have a language requirement to apply, but participants must complete an Oral Proficiency Interview upon completion. Scholarships are available to study Persian in Tajikistan. Please note if you're applying to study in Tajikistan you will be learning the Tajik-Persian dialect, which uses the Cyrillic script.

Critical Language Scholarship

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, is a fully-funded overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students.

To apply for CLS program, you are required to have studied Persian for at least one year. Scholarships are available to study in Tajikistan, where students will study Persian-Farsi.

*Please note this is a slightly different dialect from the Tajik-Persian spoken in Tajikistan*

ROTC Project GO

Project Global Officer (Project GO) is a Department of Defense initiative aimed at improving the language skills, regional expertise, and intercultural communication skills of future military officers.

Sponsored by the Defense Language and National Security Education Office and administered by the Institute of International Education,  Project GO grants go towards language and culture training to ROTC students, funding domestic and overseas ROTC language programs and scholarships.

Disclaimer: CLM does not necessarily endorse any one of these programs. The information is intended to provide students with resources that aid them in selecting a program that suits their interests and needs.