David L. Boren Awards for International Study

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Boren Fellowship Budget Guidelines

2013 Fellow, India

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.

  • Boren funding can begin no earlier than June 1, 2015
  • All overseas programs must begin no later than March 1, 2016
  • While most Fellows will complete their programs much earlier, all 2015 funded programs must be completed by August 31, 2017.
  • Overseas programs must be at least 12 weeks in duration and no more than one year.  
  • If your proposal includes overseas and domestic programs, you must provide separate budgets. The domestic and overseas components may be combined for a maximum of $30,000 of support over 24 consecutive months.  Proposals with large breaks will not be funded.

Overseas Funding

Boren Fellowships can be used to fund overseas study that is a minimum of 12 weeks and a maximum of one year.  The funding/award period must be for consecutive time overseas, and funding for multi-year overseas proposals with large breaks will not be considered. Overseas study may begin no earlier than June 1, 2015 and no later than March 1, 2016. Maximum award amounts for overseas study are:

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  • $20,000 for 25-36 weeks
  • $24,000 for 37-52 weeks 

The actual award amount is based on project costs and justifiable project-related expenses, which you will need to itemize in the overseas program budget section of the online application.  Use the guidelines below to estimate the costs for your overseas study program.   

Please note that underestimating your expenses will not make your application more competitive. Be as accurate as possible as increases to award amounts are not guaranteed.  

The cost of obtaining a passport and visa is not covered by the Boren Fellowship. The cost of medications, vaccinations, expenses for dependents, and personal travel expenses are also not covered by the Fellowship.   

All amounts should be given in U.S. dollars. 

Itemized Overseas Expenses

  1. Tuition and Fees while Overseas
    1. Home Institution (maximum $5,000):  Indicate minimal tuition costs to maintain matriculation at U.S. university while overseas, if applicable.
    2. Other Entities:  List tuition costs for organized programs, tuition costs to foreign institutions, and the costs of language tutors, if applicable. Do NOT include any research expenses in this line item (including assistants or translators). 
  2. Room and Board (costs for recreation and entertainment are not allowable). 
  3. Books and Research Expenses:
    1. Books: Provide explanation if above $500.
    2. Research Expenses: Maximum $3,000 (itemize and explain). May include research assistants, translators, or supplies. The Boren Fellowship will only cover expendable supplies. Items such as computers and computer equipment, cameras, scanners, and audio recorders cannot be covered by the fellowship.
  4. Travel Expenses
    1. Airfare:  One international round-trip economy class ticket on a U.S. airline from the United States to your destination. This ticket must be in compliance with the Fly America Act or the cost of the ticket will be subtracted from your award amount.

      Please note that the round-trip itinerary must be purchased before receipt of the first check from Boren. If you are unable to purchase a flight for your actual return date, you will still need to purchase a return ticket. You may need to pay a change fee to change your ticket. You should budget accordingly. 
    2. Local transportation:  Indicate mode, distance, destination, and costs involved in surface transportation for specific trips.
  5. Insurance:  All Boren Fellows are required to have insurance that covers health, accident, repatriation of remains, and medical and non-medical evacuation (including war, civil unrest, and natural disaster). Insurance policies vary greatly in cost, but some overseas program/study abroad programs include this insurance as part of program fees. In addition, you may be able to purchase this insurance from your home institution.  
  6. Other Expenses: Itemize and explain. May not include research expenses. 
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Domestic Funding

The Boren Fellowship offers limited funding for domestic language study that will supplement the overseas component. No more than $12,000 will be awarded for domestic study.

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  • For applicants in most fields of study, domestic funding is limited to summer intensive language study.  This study must be immediately before and/or after the applicant’s proposed program overseas.
  • Applicants in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields may apply for domestic language funding during the summer and/or academic year.  The domestic-funded portion must be immediately before and/or after the applicant’s proposed overseas study.  
All applicants requesting domestic funding must complete the domestic budget section of the online application.  All funding requests must be specific and itemized, and must indicate the institution at which each class will be taken.
  • Applicants may receive domestic funding for study at their own institution or other domestic academic institutions.
  • Domestic funding must be for the primary language the applicant plans to study while overseas.
  • Domestic funding for tutors, commercial services, and/or self-study guides will not be provided. 
  • Domestic funding is for language classes only.  Boren will not fund other academic coursework, internships, or research conducted in the U.S.
  • Applicants planning on taking language classes at their home university or in their local area are eligible to receive funding for tuition and fees only. Applicants planning domestic summer intensive language study in a different geographic area will also be eligible for room and board funding. The Boren Fellowship does not cover travel or relocation expenses associated with domestic funding.
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