English for Heritage Language Speakers (EHLS) provides training in advanced English and career skills for non-native speakers of English who are interested in public service. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, have the equivalent of a bachelor's degree, be native speakers of eligible languages, and have advanced-level English skills.
The program runs eight months (January through August), with six months of full-time study at the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies (in Washington, D.C.) and two months of part-time online study. All tuition is covered, and scholars receive a monthly living stipend.
After completing the program, graduates must work for the federal government—in a position with national security responsibilities—for at least one year.
EHLS is funded by the Defense Language National Security Education Office and administered by the Center for Applied Linguistics and Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies.
The EHLS application is now open. The deadline to apply is July 6th, 2023.
To be eligible for admission to the 2024 EHLS Program, you must meet all of the following criteria:
-Be a United States citizen
-Agree to fulfill a one-year service commitment with the U.S. government in a position with national security responsibilities
-Have critical language skills at level 3 or higher on the Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) scale 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, Tigrinya, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, or Vietnamese.
-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
EHLS is an intensive advanced English and professional skills program that prepares non-native English speakers from a variety of fields for careers with the federal government. The program includes six months of full-time study at Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies (Washington, DC) and two months of part-time online study.
For 2024, full scholarships are available for U.S. citizens who have a college degree and are native speakers of Amharic, Arabic, Azerbaijani, Balochi, Bambara, Chinese Mandarin, Hausa, Hindi, Kazakh, Kirghiz, Kurdish, Korean, Persian Dari, Persian Farsi, Punjabi, Pushto/Pashto, Russian, Somali, Tadjik, Tamashek, Thai, Tigrinya, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, or Vietnamese.
EHLS is a partnership among the Defense Language National Security Education Office (DLNSEO), Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies, and the Center for Applied Linguistics.
Please note that participants are responsible for their own federal job searches.