Nine Critical Initiatives, One Goal

NSEP's initiatives provide professionals with language and cultural skills to prepare them for federal government service. Our nine initiatives connect the U.S. education community, government agencies with national security interests, and individuals impassioned to learn a less commonly taught language and culture.


David L. Boren Scholarships

Up to $20,000 for undergraduate students

Each Boren Scholar goes abroad to a country critical to U.S. national security to study its language and culture. These undergraduate awards provide up to one academic year of funding. Boren Scholars demonstrate their merit for an award of up to $20,000 in part by committing to work for the U.S. Government for at least one year.


David L. Boren Fellowships

Up to $24,000 for graduate students

Boren Fellowships help graduate students develop independent overseas projects that combine language and culture study with professional practical experiences. Awards for up to $24,000 over two years are given and require a commitment to U.S. Government service for at least one year.


The Language Flagship

Creating global professionals

Flagship Centers offer students intensive language instruction to enhance their academic degrees, graduating students with superior-level language proficiency and cultural understanding. Student support is available through Flagship institutions.


English for Heritage Language Speakers

An opportunity to develop professional-level English proficiency

The EHLS program focuses on intense classroom instruction, interaction with government and private business experts, and development of projects that prepare them for positions in the Federal Government. Scholars receive 720 hours of intensive instruction in English and incur an obligation to work for the federal government for at least one year.


National Language Service Corps (NLSC)

A Federal Corps of expert language specialists

This effort develops a corps of Americans with language skills to serve the Nation. The NLSC has over 7,000 members drawn from all sectors of the U.S. population. Members will have the opportunity to join a dedicated pool or a national pool of language experts that serve federal agencies during times of need. The NLSC is a great way to gain access to the talented pool of NSEP alumni.


Project GO

Preparing future officers for international leadership

Project Global Officer (Project GO) is a collaborative initiative that promotes critical language education, study abroad, and intercultural dialogue opportunities among Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) students, in order to develop future military officers who possess the cross-cultural communication skills required for effective leadership in the 21st Century operational environment.


Regional Flagship Languages Initiative

Promoting the study of critical African and South Asian languages

The Regional Flagship Languages Initiative is a program designed to increase the number of Boren Scholars, Fellows and alumni engaged in the study of critical languages in Africa and South Asia. Students participating in the Regional Flagship Languages Initiative will study a targeted language and enhance their proficiency by completing domestic language study, followed by intensive semester study overseas. The languages targeted through this program are Akan, Bamana, Hausa, Swahili, Twi, Wolof, Yoruba, and Zulu, as well as Hindi and Urdu. To learn about the new launch of the South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative, please visit here.


Flagship/ROTC Initiative

Developing future military officers with professional-level language proficiency

The objective of the Flagship/ROTC Initiative is to increase the number of ROTC students who achieve professional-level proficiency in a number of critical languages. This initiative focuses on creating innovative language training opportunities for ROTC students to participate in a Flagship-style language learning environment during the course of their undergraduate studies.


Language Training Centers

Building the language skills, regional expertise, and cultural capabilities of the Department of Defense

Language Training Centers are university-based grants that provide directed language and culture training for Department of Defense personnel to improve total force expertise in critical languages, cultures and strategic regions.