Applications Open for 2014 EHLS Scholars Program for Native Speakers

Deadline: July 15, 2013

English for Heritage Language Speakers (EHLS) is inviting all native speakers of critical languages to apply for its 2014 training program. As native speakers are in high demand in the U.S. government, the EHLS trains advanced English speakers to be effective communicators and strong candidates for federal jobs.

All EHLS participants receive a full scholarship that includes tuition and a living stipend.

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

Eligibility Criteria

The 2014 EHLS Program is only open to native speakers of Amharic, Arabic, Balochi, Bambara, Dari, Hausa, Hindi, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Mandarin Chinese, Pashto, Persian Farsi, Punjabi, Somali, Tajik, Tamashek, Turkish, Urdu, Uzbek or Yoruba.

To be eligible for admission to the 2014 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, Balochi, Bambara, Dari, Hausa, Hindi, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Mandarin Chinese, Pashto, Persian Farsi, Punjabi, Somali, Tajik, Tamashek, Turkish, Urdu, Uzbek, or Yoruba
  • 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 2010 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 day-time 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 US government and any service in the US military as of the date when instruction begins
  • Agree to fulfill a one-year service commitment with the US government

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