Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. They also must fall into one of the following categories: (a) current graduate students (e.g., PhD or MA student); (b) undergraduate students in their senior year; or (c) holders of either a bachelor's or master's degree.

Non-US citizens or permanent residents are welcome to apply to CASA, and if accepted, may participate on a Pay-Your-Own-Way (PYOW) basis only.

Applicants should complete at least 3 years of formal instruction in Arabic prior to applying to the CASA program. If you have had two years along with an intensive summer program and feel you are ready to apply, you are welcome to do so. The Selection Exam, which is part of the application process, will help determine your level of proficiency.

CASA only offers advanced level coursework. It does not offer beginning or intermediate level courses in Arabic.


CASA has historically been funded by the U.S. Department of Education (USED) with additional funding from a few other sources.  Due to significant cuts and unpredictability of the current USED budget, CASA is actively searching for additional sources of funding to continue this important program.

Applicants are encouraged to seek funding from other available sources, such as Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships, NFLI, Fulbright Hays Students Scholarship, and the Volunteer Forever Scholarship, for their CASA studies.

CASA Fellowships cover: tuition for courses and a modest monthly stipend. For more information on included Fellowship costs, please visit our What the Fellowship Covers page.

All Fellows are responsible for paying the CASA non-refundable program fee, selection exam fee to ACTFL, some living expenses, required medical insurance, costs for travel preparations (such as passports, visas, required medical exams, etc.), and travel. Pay-Your-Own-Way (PYOW) Fellows are responsible for tuition in addition to the expenses listed above. 


CASA no longer offers a summer-only program.

We are not currently able to offer these programs due to lack of funding. 

Application Process

Application and instructions will be posted in Fall 2018. The application is not yet available.

The CASA I application deadline for 2019-2020 is Wednesday, January 9, 2019.

The new application software will not allow you to submit your application until it is complete. We will contact you if we need any additional materials to complete your file.

Notification letters will be emailed in early April after the Selection Committee meeting.

Program Location

We are sending Fellows to Cairo and Amman in 2018-19.  Generally, our goal is to continue the program at both The American University in Cairo and Qasid Intitute in Amman going forward; however, this will depend on available funding and the Harvard Global Support Services (GSS) assessment of the security situation in each location. Harvard GSS will continue to monitor events in the region and we will ensure that all fellows, prospective applicants and CASA partners are kept informed of our plans for the upcoming application year. For now we encourage everyone who is interested in the program, to apply.


Our current online application allows applicants to input the name and contact information of their references. References will then receive an email with a link to upload (PDF) or type in their letter directly to your application. Signed letters of recommendation on University letterhead is preferred (via PDF) when possible. Please see the Application section of this website for further details on recommendation letters.

Current Fellows

Please visit Harvard’s Student Financial Services site to help guide you. Select the Federal Taxes link on the left and scroll down to the section for Scholarships and Stipends. Within this section there is a link to the IRS Publication 970 which explains how these items should be reported. Please note, you will not receive any tax forms from CASA. In addition, Harvard representatives are not permitted to give you individual tax advice, and we would suggest that you seek professional advice from a qualified accountant or attorney if you encounter complicated tax situations.