Webinars

Below you will find links to the Boren Awards webinars for the 2020 application season on this page. If you have not yet watched a Boren Awards webinar or attended a presentation on your campus, we recommend starting with the general Program Overview. The webinars are pre-recorded for your convenience. The system does not allow for live Q&A, so please contact us at boren@iie.org or 1-800-618-NSEP (6737) if you have any questions about the content of these presentations.

Presentations will be posted on this page as they become available, and will cover topics such as the online application system, writing competitive essays, and special regional and subject-matter initiatives. Toward the end of the season, we will also host live frequently-asked-question webinars and . Click here to join our mailing listbookmark our GoToStage webinars page, and follow our Twitter feed @borenawards to be notified about upcoming events!

2020 Applicant Webinars

Boren Awards Program Overview (Start Here!) - General information on the undergraduate Boren Scholarships and the graduate-level Boren Fellowships. Please note that this webinar includes a transcript that can be activated to display below the video. 

Crafting Competitive Essays - This webinar provides guidance on writing the essays for both the undergraduate Boren Scholarships and the graduate Boren Fellowships. Writing essays that address the Boren Awards selection criteria is critical to success. The tips in this webinar are derived from direct observation of Boren Awards selection panels and match the guidance available at https://borenawards.org/essays

African Flagship Languages Initiative (AFLI) - This webinar provides an overview of the African Flagship Languages Initiative (AFLI), available to both undergraduate Boren Scholars and graduate Boren Fellows.  AFLI comprises carefully-selected, credit-bearing language courses during the summer (domestic) and fall (overseas), with the option to continue overseas study into the spring, for the study of one of six languages:  French, Portuguese, Swahili, Akan/Twi, Wolof, or Zulu. More information is available at https://borenawards.org/initiatives#AFLI -- note that the dates listed on the webinar are not completely accurate, so please use the dates on the website.

Indonesian Flagship Language Initiative (IFLI) - This webinar provides an overview of the Indonesian Flagship Language Initiative (IFLI), available to both undergraduate Boren Scholars and graduate Boren Fellows.  IFLI includes  carefully-selected, credit-bearing courses in the Indonesian language (Bahasa Indonesia) during the summer (domestic) and fall (overseas), with the option to continue overseas study into the spring. More information is available at https://borenawards.org/initiatives#IFLI

South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative (SAFLI) - This webinar provides an overview of the South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative (SAFLI), available to both undergraduate Boren Scholars and graduate Boren Fellows.  SAFLI includes  carefully-selected, credit-bearing courses in either Hindi or Urdu during the summer (domestic) and fall (overseas in India), with the option to continue overseas study into the spring. More information is available at https://borenawards.org/initiatives#SAFLI

Turkish Flagship Language Initiative (TURFLI) - This webinar provides an overview of the Turkish Flagship Language Initiative (TURFLI), available to both undergraduate Boren Scholars and graduate Boren Fellows.  TURFLI includes carefully-selected, credit-bearing courses in the Turkish language during the summer (domestic) and fall (overseas in Azerbaijan), with the option to continue overseas study into the spring. More information is available at https://borenawards.org/initiatives#TURFLI

Understanding the NSEP Service Requirement - This webinar provides an overview of the process for seeking federal employment after receiving a Boren Scholarship or Fellowship, and the numerous advantages that program alumni have in that process. This webinar is hosted by the National Security Education Program (NSEP) service team, a division of the Defense Language and National Security Education Office of the U.S. Department of Defense, which assists program alumni in securing employment throughout the U.S. federal government and its contractors.

Boren Scholarships for ROTC - General information on the Boren Scholarships for undergraduate ROTC cadets and mishipmen. This webinar also gives a brief overview of Project GO, a critical language program designed for ROTC students. More information on Project GO can be found at https://rotcprojectgo.org

Boren Scholarship for The Language Flagship - General information for participants in The Language Flagship (https://www.thelanguageflagship.org) to fund their Capstone year abroad and apply their skills to careers the federal government. Further guidance is available at https://borenawards.org/language-flagship