The Language Flagship Fellowships


The Language Flagship is designed to (1) address the urgent and growing need for Americans with professional levels of competency in languages critical to national security; (2) offer advanced language training in African languages, Arabic, Chinese, Hindi/Urdu, Korean, Persian, and Russian; (3) train participants to reach professional working proficiency in a target language, 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.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 04/02/2020 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Defense
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants (Fellowships)
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
David L. Boren Nation Security Education Act, Public Law 102-183, 50 U.S.C 1901-1912.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
(1) Must be a U.S. citizen at the time of application; (2) Must have a minimum proficiency in the appropriate foreign language of advanced low (as defined by ACTFL) or level 2 (as defined by ILR). You must also possess excellent skills in English (ILR level 3/ACTFL superior language proficiency or higher in all modalities of English); (3) Must complete an undergraduate degree by the time you would begin the Flagship Fellowship. Past recipients of NSEP Boren Scholarships or Fellowships are eligible and are encouraged to apply to this program; and (4) may not be a current U.S. government employee.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Accredited U.S. institutions of higher education and their students.
Proof of U.S. citizenship and at least a bachelor's degree by the time participation in The Language Flagship begins. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. All eligible, U.S. citizens may apply for fellowships in response to the relevant agency announcement.
Award Procedure
Award decisions will be based on a competitive selection of proposals resulting from an independent merit review.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
From 60 to 90 days.
Flagship Fellows who receive two year awards must qualify to receive the second year of the award. Flagship Fellows also are eligible to compete for NSEP Boren Fellowships if they quailfy following the completion of their Flagship studies.
How are proposals selected?
Not Applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Fellowship awards are made to U.S. citizens with at least a bachelor's degree who enroll in domestic and overseas study through one of the designated Flagship institutions. Flagship Fellowship recipients agree to seek employment with the U.S. federal government, and serve for a period of time equal to the length of the award but no less than one year. Flagship Fellowships may only be used to participate in designated Flagship programs.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. On behalf of NSEP, the Institute of International Education (IIE) collects periodic progress reports. No expenditure reports are required. Flagship Fellows are expected to reach and ILR level 3 proficiency in their respective language of study by the time they complete their funded study.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Audits are conducted annually.
Not applicable.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Eligible students may receive a fellowship from NSEP to study for no less than one academic year, and no more than two (2) years in a combination of domestic and overseas study. The duration of study is dependent upon proficiency in the target language upon entering The Language Flagship and the progress made to reach ILR level 3. Typical duration is either one or two academic years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Ms. Kaveri Advani, PO Box 20010, Arlington, Virginia 22219 Email: Phone: (703) 696-5670 Fax: (703) 588-0288.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Fellowships)) FY 14 $0; FY 15 est $0; and FY 16 est $0
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $19,000 - $86,000. Average: $45,880.
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.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.