David L. Boren Awards for International Study

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Boren Fellowship Essay Guidelines

Boren Fellow, India

The essays are the most important part of the online application. Essays one and two should be no more than 6,000 characters, not including spaces. Essay three should be no more than 3,000 characters, not including spaces. Essays should be single-spaced, except when spaces separate paragraphs.

  1. Please discuss the following points in one integrated essay, giving equal attention to each point.
    1. Explain the significance of your proposed study plan (including the region you selected, its culture, and the language you will study) to U.S. national security, broadly defined.
    2. Describe how the country, language, and study abroad program you selected will help you achieve your career goals, including your plans to fulfill the federal service requirement.
    3. Describe how the skills you will gain during your Boren program of study, including linguistic and cultural competencies, as well as past academic, extracurricular, volunteer, internship, and professional experiences, will help you help you fulfill the federal service requirement. Be specific.
  2. Describe your proposed study plan in detail. Boren Fellowships support language and other classroom study, overseas research, overseas academic internships, or any combination of these elements. Explain all significant features of your plan, including institutional or other affiliations, if known.
  3. Describe your specific goals for language study, including the proficiency level you hope to attain and how you plan to develop your language skills to that level. Describe your past experience in studying or speaking the language (or another language if relevant), as well as your plans for continuing to study and/or speak the language following your Boren Fellowship.