David L. Boren Awards for International Study

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Boren Fellowship Overseas Funding

Boren Fellowships can be used to fund overseas study that is a minimum of 12 weeks and a maximum of one year.  The funding/award period must be for consecutive time overseas, and funding for multi-year overseas proposals with large breaks will not be considered. Overseas study may begin no earlier than June 1, 2014 and no later than March 1, 2015. Maximum award amounts for overseas study are:
  • $12,000 for 12-24 weeks
  • $20,000 for 25-36 weeks
  • $24,000 for 37-52 weeks 

The actual award amount is based on project costs and justifiable project-related expenses, which you will need to itemize in the overseas program budget section of the online application.  Use the guidelines below to estimate the costs for your overseas study program.   

Please note that underestimating your expenses will not make your application more competitive. Be as accurate as possible as increases to award amounts are not guaranteed.  

The cost of obtaining a passport and visa is not covered by the Boren Fellowship. The cost of medications, vaccinations, expenses for dependents, and personal travel expenses are also not covered by the Fellowship.   

All amounts should be given in U.S. dollars. 

Itemized Overseas Expenses

  1. Tuition and Fees while Overseas
    1. Home Institution (maximum $5,000):  Indicate minimal tuition costs to maintain matriculation at U.S. university while overseas, if applicable.
    2. Other Entities:  List tuition costs for organized programs, tuition costs to foreign institutions, and the costs of language tutors, if applicable. Do NOT include any research expenses in this line item (including assistants or translators). 
  2. Room and Board (costs for recreation and entertainment are not allowable). 
  3. Books and Research Expense: Maximum $3,000 (itemize and explain). May include research assistants, translators, or supplies. The Boren Fellowship will only cover expendable supplies. Items such as computers and computer equipment, cameras, scanners, and audio recorders cannot be covered by the fellowship.
  4. Travel Expenses
    1. Airfare:  One international round-trip economy class ticket on a U.S. airline from the United States to your destination. This ticket must be in compliance with the Fly America Act or the cost of the ticket will be subtracted from your award amount.

      Please note that the round-trip itinerary must be purchased before receipt of the first check from Boren. If you are unable to purchase a flight for your actual return date, you will still need to purchase a return ticket. You may need to pay a change fee to change your ticket. You should budget accordingly. 
    2. Local transportation:  Indicate mode, distance, destination, and costs involved in surface transportation for specific trips.
  5. Insurance:  All Boren Fellows are required to have insurance that covers health, accident, repatriation of remains, and medical and non-medical evacuation (including war, civil unrest, and natural disaster). Insurance policies vary greatly in cost, but some overseas program/study abroad programs include this insurance as part of program fees. In addition, you may be able to purchase this insurance from your home institution.  
  6. Other Expenses: Itemize and explain. May not include research expenses. 
Please contact the Boren Fellowship at boren@iie.org or 800-618-NSEP (6737) with any questions.