Scholarships for the EHLS program are awarded as part of the National
Security Education Program (NSEP).
For 2013, each applicant who is admitted to the program will receive
a scholarship. Scholarships cover all tuition and fees for the
eight months of the program, and also include a modest living stipend
and health insurance during the intensive portion (first six months).
Mailing Address and Due Date
Criteria for Selection
The Federal Job Market
To be eligible for an EHLS scholarship, an applicant must meet
the following criteria:
- Be a United States citizen.
- Be a native speaker of one of the 2013 EHLS languages (TBA). The 2012 EHLS languages were Arabic, Dari, Hausa, Hindi, Igbo, Mandarin Chinese, Pashto, Persian
Farsi, Punjabi, Somali, Swahili, or Urdu.
- Agree to fulfill a one-year service commitment with the
U.S. government. Note that all award recipients must agree to fulfill
this commitment. See the section on the service
NSEP will assist award recipients with job placement, but does
not guarantee employment. Award recipients must seek out appropriate
job openings and follow the regular application process for federal
- Meet the eligibility criteria for admission to the EHLS
program. Review criteria >
Application and Due Date
The scholarship application is part of the program application.
All applications are managed by the Institute of International
Education (IIE), which also disburses scholarship funds. Submit
completed scholarship applications to IIE via the Online Application or mail to the following address:
Institute of International Education
English for Heritage Language Speakers Program
1400 K Street NW, Suite 650
Washington, DC 20005-2403
Tel: (866) 831 - 3012
Please do not send your application to CAL or to Georgetown University.
If you do not send your application directly to IIE, it will not
Note that you must also complete a brief telephone interview as
part of the application process. Read
Application Due Date: Applications for the 2013 program will be available in January 2012, and will be due Summer 2012.
Applications must be received by IIE by 5:00 p.m. Eastern time
on the application due date. Please complete your application online or use a mailing method that will allow
tracking and will ensure that your application arrives promptly.
Each program participant from outside the metropolitan Washington,
DC area is eligible for reimbursement of up to $1,000 in relocation
costs. Reimbursement is only available for costs that are documented
with receipts or other proof of payment. After admission to the
program, participants will receive detailed instructions on how
to apply for relocation reimbursement.
Criteria for Selection
One of the goals of the EHLS scholarship program is to broaden
the pool of individuals with language and cultural expertise who
are interested in long-term employment with departments and agencies
of the U.S. government that are involved in national security
affairs. NSEP, which funds the scholarship program, strongly emphasizes
the importance of award recipients seeking and gaining employment
in federal agencies whose missions and functions are most directly
related to national security. Applicants demonstrate their
commitment to long-term federal service in the narrative statement
that they provide in part V of this application.
Applicants will be reviewed based on the following criteria:
- English and native language ability
- Academic merit
- Professional experience and skills
- Long-term commitment to federal service beyond the length of
the service requirement
- Overall compatibility with program goals and objectives.
Scholarship recipients must agree to pursue employment with the
U.S. government for one year in a job that meets their interests
and background. Federal employment is initiated no later than
two years after program completion.
NSEP is committed to working with each EHLS participant during
and after the program to help identify federal job opportunities.
To assist in and facilitate the federal job search process, NSEP
has developed NSEPnet,
an interactive website. NSEPnet maintains an online collection
of federal job notices, job search tips and helps participants
to simplify and organize their job search efforts. Online resumes
can be posted to the site and made available to hiring officials
in federal agencies where relevant employment opportunities exist.
All scholarship recipients must make a full and good faith effort
to identify and secure positions in the federal government. Some
federal jobs require a security clearance.
A full and good faith effort is defined as the following:
- Create and routinely update an online resume on NSEPnet.
- Maintain an NSEPnet Job History Log that documents efforts
to identify and pursue opportunities in the federal government.
- Use other employment resources such as USAJobs
and the Partnership for
- Identify and apply for employment with the Department of
State, Homeland Security, or Defense, or the Intelligence Community.
- Pursue employment in other federal agencies if not successful
securing a position in one of the three priority departments or
in the Intelligence Community.
The federal government is not obligated to hire any individual
who has received funding through this program. Therefore, if a
scholarship recipient has made a full and good faith effort to
secure employment during the two years following his or her completion
of the EHLS program, he or she is free from any and all obligations
associated with the service requirement.
Scholarship recipients who fail to demonstrate a full and good
faith effort to fulfill the service requirement are required to
reimburse the U.S. government for the full amount of assistance
provided from the scholarship.
The Federal Job Market
In general, participants who complete the EHLS program will pursue
federal jobs in administration, management, or professional fields.
Most professional and administrative work in the federal government
is paid under the General Schedule (GS) pay system. The GS system
is divided into 15 grades, each of which has 10 salary steps. The
entry level of professional and administrative positions is normally
at GS-7, although for some occupations it may be GS-9.
Typically, the grade level at which you are selected is commensurate
with your work experience, your academic background, or both. Having
a bachelor's degree will normally qualify you for GS-7. Generally,
for jobs at GS-7 and higher, your background must demonstrate some
experience closely related to the work to be performed (specialized
experience). Vacancy announcements describe the specific requirements
for different grade levels. If you have a Master's degree, you may
qualify for some jobs at GS-9, and a doctorate could qualify you
for GS-11. At these levels, the advanced degree must be directly
related to the work of the job to be filled.
[Source: U.S. Department of Labor Web site, from material published
by the Office of Personnel Management ]
For more information on the General Schedule system, see the Qualification
Standards for General Schedule Positions and visit the General
Schedule Documents page on the Office of Personnel Management’s
For information on the GS system pay scales that apply in different
parts of the United States, see the 2007
tables on the Office of Personnel Management Web site.
For information on types of jobs and the ways in which the federal
government classifies them into occupational groups, see the alphabetical
listing on the OPM Web site.
To assess your skills and interests in relation to the federal
job market, visit USAJobs.
Note: Participation in the EHLS program is not a guarantee
of employment with the federal government.