Critical Language Enhancement Award
The Critical Language Enhancement Award (CLEA), which is available only for China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Morocco, and Russia, is a feature of the Fulbright US Student Program, which, for Indonesia, provides an opportunity for some grantees to receive three months of intensive study of Indonesian as an enhancement to their Fulbright grants. Language instruction providers are approved by AMINEF.
The CLEA is offered to students once they have been awarded a Fulbright US Student grant. 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 that will incorporate the use of the language studied and/or related languages.
The Critical Language Enhancement Award helps promote the Fulbright Program’s goals of cross-cultural exchange and dialogue. Fulbright grantees capable of communicating in the local language in their host countries are likely to form stronger bonds with their peers, conduct more meaningful research, and develop a greater understanding of a foreign culture. The experience grantees bring home after their Critical Language Enhancement Award and Fulbright grant will serve them in their chosen careers and throughout their lives.
CLEA grantees for Indonesia must:
- Be selected for a US Fulbright Student Research Grant by AMINEF and have received the research and visa permits from the Indonesian government
- Demonstrate an interest in continuing their language training in future professional activities
- Under take the CLEA at the beginning of their research project
Note: Those who have received a Critical Language Scholarship, administered by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC), in the same program year are ineligible.
Application for a Critical Language Enhancement Award is made in conjunction with the US Fulbright Student application and reference to the language award application should be included in the Statement of Grant Purpose.
As an adjunct to the Fulbright US Student application, the following forms must be submitted with the Fulbright US Student application to apply for the Critical Language Enhancement Award.
- Form 7: Language Self Evaluation. If the applicant will be completing the prerequisite language study after submission of the Fulbright application the proposed study must be detailed in Form 7.
- Form 7A: Critical Language Enhancement Award Supplementary Statement.
- Form 8: Foreign Language Evaluation. Form 8 should be completed by a qualified Indonesian language instructor or a faculty member with knowledge of the language. The foreign language evaluator should comment on the desirability and need for additional language training in their report.
- (Optional) Applicants may wish to address how their Fulbright project would be enhanced by additional language study under the CLEA in the Statement of Grant Purpose.
Note: In the Statement of Grant Purpose applicants must show a clear connection between additional language study and their Fulbright project. Thus, if an applicant’s project can be completed, without loss in quality, without language training, it will not be considered a high priority for an award.
Commitment to the Language
In their supplemental Critical Language Enhancement Award statements, applicants should demonstrate and detail their commitment to developing their Indonesian language skills through current study, during their Fulbright grant tenure, and in their future career and/or educational plans.
Language award recipients are selected by AMINEF’s Educational Exchange Committee, which makes recommendations to AMINEF’s Board of Managers, and in turn to the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). Changes to program assignment, schedule, or length may occur.
CLEA is a competitive grant program and applicants selected to receive a Fulbright grant will not automatically receive a CLEA. Please note that Fulbright applicants must demonstrate that they will be able to carry out the Fulbright project without receipt of the additional language study.
Additional Grant Requirements
To monitor and evaluate grantee and program achievements, language proficiency tests and grantee reporting are required. Failure to complete these stipulations could result in delayed Critical Language Enhancement Award or Fulbright grant payments until the requirements are fulfilled.
- Language Proficiency Evaluations. To track grantee language ability, grantees are required to take pre- and post-grant language tests. Language tests should take place within two weeks or less of starting the CLEA and within two weeks after completion of the CLEA period. All costs of CLEA-related testing will be assumed by the CLEA program, except in the case of charges incurred for missed test appointments. Charges that are incurred from missed test appointments may be deducted from the grantee’s stipend. Grantees may not begin their Critical Language Enhancement Award until they have completed the pre-testing component.
- Grantee Reporting. All grantees are required to submit a Final Report detailing their experience, language growth, and feedback on program administration and general policies. An electronic report format will be made available to grantees as they near the end of their language grant.
- Monthly Maintenance Stipend. Critical Language Enhancement Award recipients receive the same monthly maintenance stipends as for other US Fulbright Student research grants in Indonesia.
- Tuition Fees. The tuition allowance covers the total tuition for the approved language program. AMINEF will pay the tuition directly to the the approved language school.
- Travel. Costs for round-trip airfare to the host country are provided through the US Fulbright Research grant. All air travel must comply with the Fly America Act/Open Skies Agreement. The Critical Language Enhancement Award does not provide for costs of passports, visas, immunizations or other costs incidental to travel abroad. The grant does not cover excess or overweight baggage fees.
- Health and Accident Coverage. Health and accident coverage (ASPE) for the Critical Language Enhancement Award is the same as for the Fulbright research grant. Grantees should be aware that any travel outside of the host country is not covered under ASPE.
- Expenses not included. The Critical Language Enhancement Award does not provide funding or reimbursement for school application or placement test fees, bank transfer/wire fees, or local transportation.
CLEA grantees begin their language study in September and attend one of the institutions named below for a maximum of three months. In exceptional cases language training at other venues may be possible. The grants must be completed in full before beginning the Fulbright Student research grant. Applicants are responsible for indicating their preferred language institutions. Tailor-made programs can be developed upon request at some of the institutions listed below.
Additional questions may be directed either to AMINEF staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Susan Muendl at IIE, New York, at email@example.com or +1-212-984-5366.