David L. Boren Awards for International Study

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George Mason University

The Director for Postgraduate Fellowships and Scholarships advises promising Mason students and recent alumni regarding the application process for nationally competitive fellowships. She assists students to prepare their applications for the Boren, Truman, Marshall, Fulbright, Goldwater, Jack Kent Cooke, Udall and several other foundations that will enable them to pursue graduate and postgraduate studies.

The program is designed to encourage talented graduates and undergraduates to explore the range of opportunities and resources available to advance their academic and professional goals. We are committed to providing a supportive and friendly environment for students.

Throughout the academic year, our office offers a series of information sessions for students who wish to find more about the application process for nationally competitive fellowships. Representatives of fellowship foundations will be present at some of these sessions. On this site, students will find specific information on a wide range of fellowship opportunities, as well as advice on the application procedures.


Dr. Kay Agoston
Graduate Fellowships Director
This contact can provide you with application guidance and answer questions about the Boren Fellowship.
Office: 703-993-3131
Office: kagoston@gmu.edu
Dr. LaNitra Berger
Undergraduate Fellowships Director
This campus representative can provide you with information about the Boren Scholarship, help in completing the application, and forward your application for review.
Enterprise Hall 308
Honors College
Fairfax, VA 22030
United States

Office: (703)993-2917
Office: lberger2@gmu.edu


Boren Scholar Interviews Michelle Obama
Mar 26, 2014

Jeffrey Wood, a 2013 Boren Scholar in China, met with Michelle Obama during the First Lady’s trip to China.  During the interview, Michelle Obama answered questions submitted by students across the United States about how she prepared for her trip, the importance of cultural awareness, and what surprised her about Chinese culture.  In addition, the First Lady asked Jeffrey about his experience studying Chinese and living in China....
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GMU Student Receives Boren and Gilman Awards
Jun 17, 2013

Jeffrey Wood, a junior at George Mason University (GMU), has received a Boren Scholarship and a Gilman Scholarship to study in China for the upcoming academic year.  Jeffrey first travelled to China as a high school student.  As a double major in global affairs and Chinese at George Mason, he worked closely with LaNitra Bergner , their Boren Scholarship Campus Representative, to be competitive for the awards.  He was recently p...
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Boren Fellowship Alumni Share Stories Through Film
Feb 25, 2013

In 2010, Boren Fellow John DeTrana returned to Russia for the first time since 1990. As a master's degree candidate in foreign languages at  George Mason University , John spent his Boren Fellowship advancing his Russian language proficiency. In this film, he explains how his newly developed language skills enabled him to reconnect and finally communicate with Orthodox monks he had originally met during his trip to Russia twenty years ...
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Boren Fellow to Research Korean Reunification
Jun 24, 2012

Albert Kim, a graduate student at George Mason University, was awarded a Boren Fellowship to study abroad in South Korea. Albert already has a BA in political science from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in international relations from American University, and an MA in international security from Korea University. While in Korea, he plans to research Korean security issues in U.S. foreign policy and more specifically, on Korean ...
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