The National Security Education Program (NSEP) oversees programs within Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO) that have developed a strategic relationship between the national security community and higher education, and address the government’s need for experts in critical languages and regions. NSEP initiatives are designed to attract, recruit, and train a future national security workforce and strongly encourage the participation of veterans in their programs.

Key NSEP programs to consider are:

  • David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships: individual awards to undergraduate and graduate students to study critical languages overseas in exchange for future federal service.
  • The Language Flagship: university-based grants to provide advanced critical language instruction that will get participating students to professional-level proficiency while pursing any major; grants also provide individual student support funding.
  • Project Global Officer: funding for ROTC students to improve the language skills and culture skills through short-term domestic or overseas critical language study.
  • Regional Flagship Languages Initiative (RFLI): Boren Awards program to improve the learning of the critical languages of Africa, Indonesia and South Asia that includes intensive domestic and overseas language training. 

NSEP actively seeks veterans willing to take on the challenge of obtaining advanced and professional critical language proficiency, as part of their higher education experience, and hope to further their service to the nation. You can find out more about other NSEP initiatives here and the activities of the DLNSEO office here.