We encourage applications for study in non-preferred countries, languages, and fields of study when the applicant can make a compelling argument that increased understanding and appreciation of that particular country, language, and/or field of study contributes to U.S. national security and the goals of the Boren Fellowship.
These are the Frequently Asked Questions for the Boren Fellowship.
For most languages, there are no language proficiency requirements. Your overseas program should be appropriate for your language ability.
Yes. Foreign language study is a key element in all Boren proposals. The language you choose should be appropriate to the country in which you plan to study. We are committed to both new language acquisition and improvement of language competence for advanced language students.
If you are in the process of applying to graduate schools, you may also apply for a Boren Fellowship. In your Boren Fellowship application, you will need to indicate the graduate programs to which you have applied. If you are selected for a fellowship, the award will be contingent upon your acceptance into a graduate program, and you will be required to provide IIE with proof of matriculation before any Boren Fellowship funds are disbursed.
The Boren Fellowship covers expenses associated with overseas study including tuition, living expenses, books, supplies, equipment, travel expenses, and insurance. In addition, the Boren Fellowship provides limited funding for domestic language study. Please see the budget guidelines for more information.
You must be matriculated at an accredited U.S. institution of higher education located within the United States, and be in the process of pursing a graduate degree at the time the award begins. Boren Fellows must remain matriculated in their graduate programs for the duration of the fellowship. Universities will usually allow students to maintain matriculation while they are abroad pursuing curricula outside the standard requirements. The option of registering for independent study or directed reading credits during the semester(s) of absence from the home institution is available.
Boren Fellowships can be awarded for overseas language study, academic study, research (either Master’s or Ph.D. level), an academic internship, or any combination of the above. In addition, Boren Fellowships can provide limited funding for domestic language study that will supplement the overseas component. You should design a project based on your own academic interests, while keeping in mind that all projects must include a serious language component.