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The IC Civilian Joint Duty Program works to create cross-agency expertise by fostering an environment of information-sharing, interagency cooperation and intelligence integration at all levels. Joint Duty Assignments provide intelligence professionals an IC-wide enterprise perspective, assist them in cultivating cross-organizational networks, facilitate their ability to share information among other IC employees and organizations, increase participants’ understanding of the scope and complexity of the IC, and contribute to their personal and professional development.
The Joint Duty program was established in response to the requirement of the 2004 Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act (IRTPA) that service in more than one IC element be a condition for promotion to senior executive.
In 2008, the IC Civilian Joint Duty Program was honored with the Innovations in American Government Award by the Ash Institute of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government as a “key to improved national security” and an “innovative solution for improving cross-agency understanding.”
If you are already a member of the IC, and are interested in learning more about Joint Duty opportunities, visit the IC Joint Duty site.
David L. Boren Scholarship
Scholars are sent abroad to a critical country to study its language and culture. Awards are provided for one year and up to $20,000 in exchange for an obligation to work for the U.S. Government for at least one year.
Boren Fellows Program
Provides American graduate students resources for overseas and domestic study to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation, in exchange for their commitment to seek work in the federal government.
The Language Flagship Program
Grants awarded to U.S. Universities recognized as leaders in the field of language education. Designed to support University infrastructure to enhance individuals achievement of superior-level proficiency in critical languages.
Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE)
Providing competitively awarded grants to universities to establish programs in national security studies through their unique disciplines of study will create a new diverse talent pool from which the intelligence community can recruit.
English for Heritage Language Speakers Scholarship Program
A scholarship designed for naturalized U. S. citizens fully proficient in AF/PAK languages seeking to apply their professional knowledge in a federal government career. Program combines advanced English language training with professional communication skills and strategies. Held at Georgetown University.
Other Government Funded Programs
National Language Service Corps
The NLSC offers individuals with language expertise the opportunity to help their neighbors and fellow citizens by participating in national and state efforts, particularly in times of emergency or crisis when their expertise can truly make a difference.
National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)
The U.S. Department of State through the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) provides merit-based scholarships for eligible American high school students to learn less commonly taught languages in summer, semester, and academic year overseas immersion programs.
Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship
The Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship seeks to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy.
Critical Language Scholarships Program
Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master's and Ph.D. students.
Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) - LinguaVista
Foreign language program finder for high-level learners of less-commonly taught foreign languages.
The National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLC) - LangSource
A searchable, annotated bibliographic database of language and culture resources.
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