David L. Boren Awards for International Study

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Boren Scholarships Opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study in world regions critical to U.S. interests.

Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.  For a complete list of countries, click here.

Boren Fellows represent a variety of academic and professional disciplines, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Swahili. For a complete list of languages, click here.

Boren Fellowships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Applicants should identify how their projects, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined.  NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.

To view the Program Basics of the Boren Fellowships, click here.
Ten UC San Diego Students Receive Fulbright and Boren Fellowships for Research Abroad

June 24, 2015
San Diego students go to Brazil, Japan and South Korea on Boren Fellowship.  Read More   
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PhD candidate Ryan Barrett heads for Belarus on Boren fellowship

June 19, 2015
 An examplary veteran student, Ryan Barrett heads to Belarus to study Russian.  Read More   
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Foreign Policy Student earns prestigious Boren Fellowship to Far-West China

June 18, 2015
Kathryn Appleman goes to Far-West China to learn Uyghur ethnic language and culture. Read More
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Fellowship Deadline

Application Deadline is
January 27, 2015 5:00 p.m. EST.