English for Heritage Language Speakers Scholarships


The English for Heritage Language Speakers (EHLS) program is designed to provide intensive English language instruction for U. S. citizens who are native speakers of critical languages. The goal of the program is to enable participants to reach professional working proficiency in English, as measured by the federal Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) level 3 and/or the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) superior level. The program equips participants with the ability to read, write, speak, and listen at a superior level in an effort to build a critical base of future leaders to serve in the federal government service and the broader professional community.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 03/27/2024 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Department of Defense
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
David L. Boren National Security Education Act, Public Law 102-183, 50 U.S.C. 1901-1912
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Currently, the program is administered at Georgetown University in Washington, DC through a contract.
Beneficiary Eligibility
(1) Must be a U.S. citizen at the time of application; (2) Must have a minimum proficiency in English of advanced low (as defined by ACTFL) or level 2 (as defined by ILR); (3) must also possess excellent skills in your heritage/native language (ILR level 3/ACTFL superior language proficiency or higher in all modalities of English; (4) Must have received at least an undergraduate degree by the time of application; and (5) may not be a current U.S. government employee. Eligible native languages of interest are updated annually, a list of which is available on the program web site.
Proof of U.S. citizenship and Bachelor's degree or higher.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. U.S. citizens who qualify for the program may apply for scholarships in response to the relevant announcement.
Award Procedure
Award decisions for individual scholarships will be based on a competitive selection of proposals resulting from an independent merit review.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
From 60 to 90 days.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
EHLS scholars are selected using a national peer-review panel process.
How may assistance be used?
Scholarship awards are made to U.S. citizens with at least a bachelor's degree participating in the EHLS program. Scholarship recipients agree to seek employment with the U.S. federal government, and serve in a position for no less than one year.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Record keeping requirements are in accordance with the terms and conditions of the award, which will include appropriate provisions related to recipient records that are required by the DoD Grant and Agreement Regulations (DoDGARs).
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Eligible students may receive EHLS scholarships for the duration of one program term including a six month intensive component and a two month distance-based component. The tuition for the intensive portion of the program is paid direct to Georgetown University on behalf of the student before classes begin. The student also receives a monthly stipend during the intensive portion of the program. The tuition for the distance-based portion of the program is paid directly to Georgetown University after the intensive portion of the program ends, and right before the web-based instruction begins.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Kevin J. Gormley
Suite 08 G 08
4800 Mark Center Dr.
Alexandria, VA 22350 US
Phone: (571) 256-0753
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (including individual awards)) FY 17$790,000.00; FY 18 est $790,000.00; FY 19 Estimate Not Available FY 16$790,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Awards are for $30,000 in 2010. There is no range or average.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
50 U.S.C. 1901-1911 (Chap. 37); and Department of Defense Instruction 1025.6, "National Security Education Program Service Agreement," December 20, 1996. The DoDGARS (as updated through DoD's interim implementation of 2 CFR part 200 which can be found at 2 CFR part 1103) applies to DoD grants and cooperative agreements.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.