Boren Fellowships - How To Apply

Applications for 2019-2020 must be submitted by 5PM EST on January 30, 2019

Boren Fellowships applicants design their own study plans and may combine domestic language study with overseas study or research. Study of a foreign language appropriate to the identified country or region must be an integral part of each application proposal.

All elements of the Boren Fellowships application are online and must be submitted by the deadline.

Biographical and Educational Background

You must upload transcripts for all colleges and universities where a degree was obtained or pursued.

Two Essays

The essays are the most important part of the application. Please visit our essay guidelines for more information about the essays

Program Budget

Boren Fellowships provide up to $24,000 for overseas study.

In addition, Boren Fellowships can provide limited funding for domestic language study that will supplement the overseas component. The maximum award for a combined overseas and domestic program is $30,000. Actual support levels will be determined by each individual project budget and the length of the project. For more information, please visit our budget guidelines.

Letters of Recommendation and the Language Proficiency Evaluation

Your application must include three letters of recommendation.

In addition, you may include a language proficiency evaluation, if you choose. If your application includes a research component, one of the letters must be from your research advisor at your U.S. institution.

If you are not currently enrolled in graduate school, you are strongly encouraged to contact the Boren Awards campus representative at your future graduate program in order to discuss the feasibility of your plan should you be admitted.

Language Self-Assessment

Complete this form using the LinguaFolio® Self-Assessment guide. The language self-assessment is a form where the applicant assesses their own level in every language that they speak using the language self-assessment guide.

Letter of Overseas Affiliation (if possible)

Applicants should upload a letter from an academic institution, research institute, non-governmental organization, and/or an individual who is aware that the applicant is planning study and/or research in that country and is willing to assist the applicant in coordinating his or her plans.

Applicants should remember that the letter of affiliation is not required at the time of application, and the lack of this letter should not stop one from applying.

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