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English for Heritage Language Speakers (EHLS)


Date and Time

Saturday, July 6, 2024


Purpose of the Scholarship

Scholarships for the EHLS Program are awarded through the National Security Education Program (NSEP),which is administered by the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO). By providing these scholarships, the government hopes to encourage individuals who have language and cultural expertise to develop the skills they need to obtain and retain employment in the federal sector.

As an EHLS participant, you will receive a full scholarship to attend the program. The scholarship will make it possible for you to devote your full time and attention to succeeding in the program by covering your living costs and other expenses.

Benefits of the Scholarship

As an EHLS scholar, you will receive the following benefits:

  • Coverage of all tuition and fees for the full 8 months of the program
  • A living stipend of $3,600 per month for the first 6 months and $1,200 per month for the final 2 months of the program
  • Reimbursement of up to $1,000 for costs of relocating to attend the program. This is offered to scholars moving from outside the metropolitan Washington, DC, area only. You must provide receipts or other proof of payment to receive reimbursement.

In addition, you will receive the following from Georgetown University:

  • Student health insurance
  • A laptop computer

Obligations During the Program

When you accept the scholarship, you incur certain obligations that you must fulfill while in the program:

  • You agree not to hold any form of employment and not to study in another academic program during the first 6 months (the intensive portion of the program)
  • You agree to attend all classes as scheduled, prepare for and participate in all instructional activities, communicate professionally inside and outside the classroom, and complete all assignments.

If you fail to fulfill these obligations, you may be dismissed from the program and be liable for repayment of part or all of the scholarship.

Service Requirement After Program Completion

The scholarship is funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which is administered by the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO). When you accept the scholarship, you agree to fulfill the EHLS service requirement, which requires you to work for the federal government for one year after you complete the program.


Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for admission to the current EHLS Program, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be a native speaker of one of the following languages: Amharic, Arabic, Azerbaijani, Balochi, Bambara, Dari, Hausa, Hindi, Kazakh, Korean, Kurdish, Kyrgyz, Mandarin Chinese, Pashto, Persian Farsi, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Tajik, Tamashek, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, or Vietnamese.
  • Have native language skills at level 3 or higher on the Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) scale
  • Have English language skills at level 2 or higher on the ILR scale
  • Be able to use Microsoft Office software (Word, PowerPoint) and use the Internet to conduct research
  • Have completed university-level or equivalent professional education at the bachelor’s level
  • Be able to commit to full-time daytime study for 6 months at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, followed by 2 months of part-time online study
  • Be completely separated from any position with the U.S. government and any service in the U.S. military as of the date when instruction begins
  • Agree to fulfill a one-year service commitment with the U.S. government

This event has been tagged as academic, careercenter, cuse, and fellowships.


For more information about this and other fellowships, contact the GVSU Fellowships office at [email protected]

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