Boren Fellowships Proposed Study Plan

Boren Fellowships provide support to students representing a broad spectrum of disciplines. You can review a list of Current Boren Fellows to learn what other successful students are studying overseas.

We recommend the following steps in the development of an application:

Outline Your Study Plan

  • Decide which type of overseas study plan works best for you.
    All Boren Fellowships applicants must include a serious language component in their proposals.  Applicants can focus entirely on linguistic and cultural immersion or they can combine it with additional academic coursework, research (either Master’s or Ph.D. level), and/or an academic internship.  You should design a project based on your own academic interests.
  • Decide if you would like to apply for domestic funding.
    Boren Fellowships can provide limited funding for domestic language study that will supplement the overseas component. You can review the guidelines here.
  • Consider how your Boren Fellowship will complement your overall graduate curriculum and help you to meet your personal and professional goals.
  • Map out your plan of study. Emphasize the dates you will be studying, where that study will occur, and when the study program will end.
  • Consider how your proposed study plan and your selected region, language, and culture are important to U.S. national security.

Investigate Your Study Plan 

  • Discuss plans with your academic and research advisors, other professors specializing in your region and discipline, and students who have completed similar programs.
  • Contact your campus representative, your university's study abroad office or office of international programs. These offices will be able to provide you with information about organized study programs overseas and country specific characteristics.
  • Consult IIEPassport, an online study abroad directory with more than 7,000 study abroad programs worldwide.
  • Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate in your country of interest. Many will have educational affairs officers who have information about universities in their countries.

Finalize Your Study Plan

  • Contact the academic institutions, research institutes, non-governmental organizations, and/or individuals you would like to work with during your Boren Fellowship.
    If you are selected as a Boren Fellow, you will need a letter of overseas affiliation.  Start making those contacts and, if you are applying for a study abroad program, submit necessary application materials.
  • Make sure that you have a feasible study plan.
    In particular, if your plan includes a research component, make sure that you have the support of your research advisor at your home institution and that you are planning to spend enough time overseas to complete your research.
  • Complete the Boren Fellowships application, referring back to the How to Apply page.

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