Cherokee Language


Cherokee Language Master Apprentice Program

The Cherokee Language Master Apprentice Program (CLMAP) is an adult Cherokee language immersion program for novice learners who are paired with master-level fluent Cherokee speakers. Apprentices are paid an educational stipend to learn Cherokee 40 hours per week. Applications are available June 1 each year.

CLMAP participants must go through an interview as part of the application process. The program is a two-year commitment. Upon completion, participants are expected to be, at minimum, conversational in Cherokee in the intermediate low to mid category as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages standards.

If you would like to apply for the 2020 cohort, download and fill out an application below. Deadline to apply is October 1, 2019.


  • 2020 Cohort Application
    Cherokee Language Master Apprentice Program 2020 Cohort Application.