English for Heritage Language Speakers

Native speakers of critical languages are in high demand in the U.S. government. EHLS trains advanced English speakers to be effective communicators and strong candidates for federal jobs.

All EHLS participants receive a full scholarship from the National Security Education Program that includes tuition and a living stipend.

The 2016 EHLS Program is open to native speakers of Amharic, Arabic, Balochi, Bambara, Dari, Hausa, Hindi, Kazakh, Kurdish, Kyrgyz, Mandarin Chinese, Pashto, Persian Farsi, Punjabi, Somali, Tajik, Tamashek, Turkish, Urdu, Uzbek or Yoruba.

Applications for the 2016 program will be available in February, 2015, and will be due July 13. Applications for the 2015 program are now closed.

You can now watch EHLS webinars on YouTube at your convenience: General Information and Understanding the Service Requirement. Note that dates in these presentations apply to the program currently in session. Webinars for those applying to the 2016 program will begin in March, 2015.




The EHLS Program is an initiative of NSEP.