David L. Boren Awards for International Study

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Boren Fellowship - How To Apply

2013 Fellow, Japan

Applications for 2016-17 must be submitted by 5PM EST on January 28, 2016

  • Contact your Boren campus representative for your on-campus deadline.
  • Before starting the online application, read the application instructions.
  • The application deadline for the Boren Scholarship has passed, the application for the 2017 program will be available in late August.

Boren Fellowship applicants design their own study plans and may combine domestic language study with overseas study or research. Study of a foreign language appropriate to the identified country or region must be an integral part of each application proposal. For more information about designing a study plan click here.

All elements of the Boren Fellowship application are online and must be submitted by the deadline.

1. Biographical and Educational Background

You must upload transcripts for all colleges and universities where a degree was obtained or pursued.

2. Two Essays

The essays are the most important part of the application. Click here for essay guidelines.

3. Program Budget

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. Click here for more information.

4. Letters of Recommendation and the Language Proficiency Evaluation

Your application must include three letters of recommendation.

In addition, you may include a language proficiency evaluation, if you choose. If your application includes a research component, one of the letters must be from your research advisor at your U.S. institution.

If you are not currently enrolled in graduate school, you are strongly encouraged to include a letter of recommendation from a professor or advisor at your future graduate program in order to demonstrate feasibility.

Click here for more information.

5. Language Self-Assessment

Complete this form using the language self-assessment guide.
The language self-assessment is a form where the applicant assesses their own level in every language that they speak using the language self-assessment guide.

6. Letter of Overseas Affiliation (if possible)

Applicants should upload a letter from an academic institution, research institute, non-governmental organization, and/or an individual who is aware that the applicant is planning study and/or research in that country and is willing to assist the applicant in coordinating his or her plans.

Applicants should remember that the letter of affiliation is not required at the time of application, and the lack of this letter should not stop one from applying.