Boren Fellowship Basics
Boren Fellowships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.
Boren Fellows represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren Fellows commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.
Award AmountsBoren Fellowships provide up to $24,000 for overseas study.
Length of Study
Boren Fellowship awards are made for a minimum of 12 weeks and maximum of 24 months.
However, applicants proposing overseas programs of 3-6 months, especially those in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields are encouraged to apply.
The program focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security.
For more information about this broad definition of national security, click here.
Boren Fellowships are awarded with preference for countries, languages, and fields of study critical to U.S. national security.
As we cannot list all countries, languages, and fields that are critical to U.S. national security, we are interested in applications that fall outside the preferences, if the candidate can make a compelling case that such study can contribute significantly to U.S. national security and the goals of the program.
For more information about what makes a competitive application, click here.
In exchange for fellowship funding, all Boren Fellows must agree to the NSEP Service Requirement.
Application DeadlineThe Boren Fellowship national application deadline is January 28, 2016. For more information about the application process, click here.
Boren Fellowship applicants will be notified of their status by mail in mid-late April.