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.
Zachary Rybarcyzk, graduate student from American University, receives a Boren Fellowship 2014

August 28, 2014
Rybarcyk will be enrolling in an Arabic language program in Rabat, while also using his research fo...
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University of Florida graduate student Amy Panikowski receives 2014 Boren Award

August 20, 2014
University of Florida graduate student Amy Panikowski has received a 2014 Boren Award, and plans to ...
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2015-2016 Applications Now Available

August 15, 2014
The applications for the 2015-2016 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now availa...
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Boren Fellowship Information Session, George Washington University

October 30, 2014, 4:30 pm
Student, faculty and staff are invited to this session which will give an i...
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Boren Fellowships: Crafting Competitive Essays Webinar

November 18, 2014, 4:00 pm
Essays are a critical part of your application package.   During th...
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Boren Fellowship: General Information Webinar

November 24, 2014, 2:00 pm
An introduction to the Boren Fellowship for graduate students:   el...
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Fellowship Deadline

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