David L. Boren Awards for International Study

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African Flagship Languages Initiative

The African Flagship Languages Initiative (AFLI) offers Boren Scholarship applicants the opportunity to study African languages and cultures by participating in domestic and overseas language programs in one of the below languages. 

Program Highlights
  • The Boren Scholarship under AFLI provides funding for the domestic intensive language studies at the University of Florida, Gainesville during summer 2016 and the overseas program for either fall 2016 or the academic year 2016/17.
  • To study French, Portuguese or Swahili, AFLI Boren Scholars must participate in the official program administered by American Councils for International Education during fall 2016.
  • To study Akan/Twi, Wolof or Zulu, AFLI Boren Scholars must identify a study abroad program beginning no later than the end of August/beginning of September.
  • Awardees are encouraged to stay overseas through the spring semester, and must identify a program on their own. Options include language study, academic internships, or volunteering, which must provide language learning opportunities. For awardees studying Swahili, American Councils offers an optional internship during the spring semester.

More Program and Application Information

Please see the below links for more information about the program options available and special instructions for the Boren Scholarship.

African Languages Flagship Initiative Programs

Languages*

Official Domestic Program
(Summer 2015)

Official Overseas Program
(Fall 2015)

Akan/Twi

Language Program at the University of Florida

No official program available

French

Language Program at the University of FloridaAmerican Councils Program in Senegal

Portuguese

Language Program at the University of Florida

American Councils Program in Mozambique

Swahili

Language Program at the University of Florida

American Councils Program in Tanzania

Wolof

Language Program at the University of Florida

No official program available

Zulu

Language Program at the University of Florida

No official program available

Please note that admittance into the AFLI domestic and overseas programs does not influence the review of the Boren Scholarship application. Not everyone who is accepted into the University of Florida, Gainesville and/or American Councils for International Education programs will win a Boren Scholarship.

For Additional Question

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Or contact:

Boren Scholarships: 800-618-NSEP or boren@iie.org

American Councils for International Education: 202-833-7522 or afli@americancouncils.org

University of Florida: 352-392-7082 or akinyemi@ufl.edu

*Boren Scholarship funding for African languages is also available outside of the African Flagship Languages Initiative. See our complete list of preferred languages.