English for Heritage Language Speakers (EHLS) Scholarship 2022 – Apply Now!

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The English for Heritage Language Speakers (EHLS) scholarship is now accepting applications for the EHLS Scholarships 2022.

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 runs January through August, with six months of full-time study at Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.) and two months of part-time online study. After completing EHLS, graduates work for the federal government—in a position with national security responsibilities—for at least one year.

For 2022, full scholarships are available for U.S. citizens who have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree and are native speakers of Arabic, Azerbaijani, Balochi, Bambara, Dari, Hausa, Hindi, Kazakh, Korean, Kurdish, Kyrgyz, Mandarin Chinese, Pashto, Persian Farsi, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Tajik, Tamashek, Thai, Turkish, Urdu, Uzbek, or Vietnamese.

Application Deadline: 5pm EDT on July 8, 2021.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for admission to the 2022 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: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Balochi, Bambara, Dari, Hausa, Hindi, Kazakh, Korean, Kurdish, Kyrgyz, Mandarin Chinese, Pashto, Persian Farsi, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Tajik, Tamashek, Thai, Turkish, Urdu, Uzbek, or Vietnamese.
  • 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 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
  • Agree to fulfill a one-year service commitment with the U.S. government

Please note that a person can only receive the EHLS scholarship one time.

How to Apply

In order to be considered for the EHLS Program, you must complete an online application form, provide required supporting documents, and complete an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) in English.

The Components of an Application

The Application Process: 4 Steps

Applying to the EHLS Program is a four-step process. To ensure that you submit a complete EHLS application, please review the steps carefully.

Prepare to Apply

Step 1: Start Application

Step 2: Submit Application

Step 3: Complete an OPI in English

Step 4: Take Skills Tests

Final Notification

Admissions Timeline for 2021-2022

February –
July 8, 2021:
 Applicants complete the following:

  • Prepare supporting documents
  • Submit an online application
  • Complete an OPI in English
  • Attend an EHLS webinar (optional)
5 pm EDT on
July 8, 2021:
Last day to submit an EHLS application (Step 2)
July 23, 2021: Last day to complete an OPI in English (Step 3)
September 2021: Provisionally selected candidates notified to proceed with skills testing
Late September/ Early October 2021: Provisionally selected candidates come for one skills testing date in Washington, DC (Step 4):

  • Sat., September 25, 2021
  • Sat., October 2, 2021
Late October/ Early November 2021: Successful candidates notified of scholarship award and admission to EHLS (Final Notification)
January 10, 2022: First day of 2022 EHLS Program

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