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Check out these programs for students, professionals, and DoD personnel.
Boren Scholarships provide unique funding opportunities of up to $20,000 for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.
David L. Boren Fellowships
Boren Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities of up to $24,000 for U.S. graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. In exchange for funding, Boren Fellows commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.
The Language Flagship Program
Grants awarded to U.S. Universities recognized as leaders in the field of language education. Designed to support University infrastructure to enhance individuals achievement of superior-level proficiency in critical languages.
Intelligence Community Centers of Academic Excellence (IC CAE)
IC CAE was congressionally mandated with the mission to increase intelligence community job applicants who are multi-disciplinary, as well as culturally and ethnically diverse. IC CAE provides grants to competitively accredited U.S. four-year colleges and universities to support the design and development of intelligence-related curricula.
English for Heritage Language Speakers Scholarship Program
A scholarship program for naturalized U.S. citizens fully proficient in critical languages seeking to apply their professional knowledge in a federal government career. The program held at Georgetown University in Washington, DC combines advanced English language training with professional communications skills and strategies.
Other Government Funded Programs
National Language Service Corps
The NLSC offers individuals with language expertise the opportunity to help their neighbors and fellow citizens by participating in Federal efforts, particularly in times of emergency or crisis when their expertise can truly make a difference.
National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)
The U.S. Department of State through the NSLI-Y provides merit-based scholarships for eligible American high school students to learn less commonly taught languages in summer, semester, and academic year overseas immersion programs.
STARTALK’s mission is to increase the number of U.S. citizens learning, speaking, and teaching critical need foreign languages. STARTALK offers students (K–16) and teachers of these languages creative and engaging summer experiences that strive to exemplify best practices in language education and in language teacher development.
Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship
The Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship seeks to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy.
Critical Language Scholarships Program (CLS)
CLS institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master's and Ph.D. students. More information on CLS is available at this link.
U.S. Department of State Limited Non-Career Appointment (LNA) Opportunities
U.S. Department of State offers LNA opportunities ranging from 15 months to 27 months, depending on the specific program. The Consular Fellows Program is a LNA opportunity of up to five years which directly supports the Department of State’s mission to provide overseas consular services that protect U.S. citizens, ensure U.S. national security, facilitate the entry of legitimate travelers, and foster economic growth.
University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL)
CASL is a University Affiliated Research Center (UARC), collaborating with academia, the private sector, and the U.S. government to produce independently validated solutions to advance the capacity of foreign language skills and tools.
The National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLC) – E-Learning Portal
A searchable, annotated bibliographic database of language and culture resources. Subscription is required.
Language Education and Resources Network (LEARN)
LEARN events are targeted sessions where invited attendees share educational best practices, develop networks of teachers to create communities of practices, and reduce duplication of efforts in areas such as curriculum design and course development. LEARN workshop attendance/participation is limited to instructors, course developers, and other language professionals from U.S. government affiliated institutions. No vendors will be allowed to participate.
Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO)
DLNSEO addresses, at a DoD and a national level, the entire linguistic, regional, and cultural spectrum of activity - from public school education to initial foreign language training for civilian and military populations; assessment, enhancement, and sustainment of that training; and the leveraging of international partners.
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There are multiple programs designed to develop a pipeline of foreign language and cultural expertise professionals for the federal government. National Security Education Programs provide scholarships, fellowships, and/or professional opportunities. If you are interested, please check out the website here.
Do you want to achieve superior-level proficiency in a critical language? Check out possible Language Flagship programs available through select universities across the nation. The Language Flagship awards grants to U.S. universities recognized as leaders in the field of language education. Language Flagship.