The major objective of NSEP and NFLP is to provide funding for select U.S. citizens who are highly motivated to work for the federal government in an area related to U.S. national security. The National Flagship Language Program (NFLP) was developed to address the urgent and growing need for Americans with professional levels of competency in languages critical to national security. NFLP offers advanced language training in Arabic, Korean, Mandarin, Persian, and Russian. NFLP is designed to train participants to reach professional working proficiency in a target language, as measured by the federal Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) level 3.

NSEP National Flagship Language Program has a service requirement that stipulates that an award recipient work in the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, State, or the Intelligence Community. If, after making a full and good faith effort (according to conditions and rules established by NSEP), an award recipient demonstrates to NSEP that no appropriate position is available in one of these agencies, he or she may work in any U.S. federal department or agency. There is also an expectation that NFLP Fellows will use the language expertise acquired as a result of the award in their work for the U.S. government. The duration of the service obligation of an NFLP Fellowship is equal to the duration of support received (generally two years); however, it is expected that NFLP Fellows will make a commitment to long term federal service.

  • Must be a US citizen at the time of application.
  • 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).
  • Must complete an undergraduate degree by the time you would begin the NFLP Fellowship. Past recipients of NSEP Boren Undergraduate Scholarships or Graduate Fellowships are eligible and are encouraged to apply to this program.
  • May not be a current U.S. government employee.


NFLP applicants must focus on one of the following languages: Arabic, Korean, Mandarin, Persian, and Russian. For each language, there is a domestic and overseas component. The domestic programs are structured to feed directly into the overseas programs. Applicants who are awarded NFLP Fellowships are required to commit to participating in both components.


NFLP Fellowships are two-year awards that provide support for all academic expenses directly associated with participation in the National Flagship Language Program, including tuition, a stipend for living expenses, and support for travel costs and health insurance coverage.
The fellowship has two components: one domestic and one overseas.

  1. The first year of the fellowship is intended to support study in an intensive domestic program at the flagship institution.
  2. The second year supports study in an immersion program overseas. It is expected that all Fellows who participate in the domestic component will continue with the overseas component. In exceptional cases, flagship institutions may determine that an applicant with advanced language skills should bypass the domestic year and participate in only the overseas component. In these cases, the NFLP Fellowship will provide funding for one year of study.

The living stipend is based on reasonable costs associated with the location(s) of each Flagship Language Program. Total NFLP Fellowship amounts will vary by individual depending upon the specific composition and duration of the program. Fellowship award amounts cannot include additional support for dependents.

NFLP Fellowship award recipients are expected to devote full-time effort to the Flagship Language Program. NFLP Fellows may not pursue requirements of other degree programs while receiving NFLP Fellowship support, nor may NFLP Fellowships be combined with other sources of funding that would require Fellows to devote less than full-time effort to the Flagship Language Program.


January 17, 2007

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