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Journey Inward

Strengthening national security and solving challenges of global society require a global perspective.  The Boren Awards offers scholarships and fellowships to change people within by going abroad.



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Boren Awardees study a wide range of critical languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese, and Swahili. Ranging from novice to superior, all Boren Awardees are committed to learning languages and increasing their proficiency.

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Boren Awardees study in world areas underrepresented in study abroad, and graduate with expertise in their chosen fields of study, language, and the cultures of Africa, Asia, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

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Boren Awardees are committed to public service. Boren Alumni are working in international and national security positions throughout the Federal Government, including the Departments of State, Defense, and Homeland Security, and USAID.



Opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study in world regions critical to U.S. interests.



Encouraging U.S. graduate students to add an important language component to their educations.



African Languages

Students from any U.S. college or university may apply for the African Flagship Languages Initatitve (AFLI)  to study Akan/Twl, French, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof or Zulu.




South Asian Languages

Students from any U.S. college or university may apply for the South Asian Flagship Languages Initatitve (SAFLI)  to study Hindi or Urdu.





Indonesian Language

Students from any U.S. college or university may apply for the Indonesian Flagship Language Initatitve (IFLI)  to study Indonesian.






The Boren Scholarships offer special opportunities to students enrolled in The Language Flagship and planning to study overseas for their capstone year.



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The Boren Scholarships offer a special initiative for undergraduate ROTC cadets and midshipmen.



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Summer Scholarships are available for undergraduate students in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematical fields.


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Boren Profiles

Lauren Richardson

Boren Scholarships
University of South Florida
International Relations

Jonas Vaicikonis

Boren Scholarships
University of Illinois
International Relations

Valerie Oliphant

Boren Fellowships
Georgetown University
International Relations
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    Mar 22
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    Mar 14
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    Mar 12
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    Feb 07
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    Feb 05
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    Jan 29
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The Boren Awards may be perfect for you. Boren Scholarships allow U.S. Undergraduate Students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests but underrepresented in study abroad.

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