David L. Boren Awards Newsletter
Volume 4, Issue 1
September 2011 Newsletter

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The applications for Boren Scholarships for undergraduate students and Boren Fellowships for graduate students are currently available online

The Boren Scholarships application deadline is February 9, 2012.  Applicants should contact their campus representative about the earlier on-campus deadline, or check their campus representative’s information online to see the most up-to-date deadlines and events.

The Boren Fellowships application deadline is January 31, 2012.  All materials must arrive at IIE by the deadline.  

The Language Flagship Fellowships application is also available.  Please visit The Flagship Fellowships online for more information.  The national deadline for the Flagship Fellowships application is January 12, 2012. 

Start Your Boren Awards Application

We will be offering a series of webinars this fall for campus representatives and potential applicants.  Hear general information about the Boren Scholarships and Fellowships, get an overview of the application, learn more about the service requirement, and find out how to make your essays more competitive.  You will not only receive great advice, you will also have the opportunity to ask questions of the panelists.  All you need is a computer and a headset or phone. 

View the Complete List of Webinars and Register

All Boren Scholarship and Fellowship Applicants Must Address National Security in their Essays

The David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships focus on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security.  Applicants for the Scholarship must explain the significance of their study abroad experience (including the region they selected, its culture, and the language they will study) to U.S. national security, broadly defined.  Fellowship applicants need to explain how their project, region, and language of study relate to U.S. national security, broadly defined.  So, as a potential applicant, how do you explain the relevance of your studies to U.S. national security?

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Johana Lozano
2009 Boren Scholar
Mandarin, China
Grinnell College
Major: Chemistry
Minor: Environmental Studies

I applied for a Boren Scholarship with the goal of learning Mandarin, understanding the culture, and gaining insight on the causes and possible solutions to combatting pollution.   As a chemistry major and an environmental studies minor, I was eligible to spend the summer studying in Shanghai, China.*

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Eric Fischer
2010 Boren Fellow
Arabic, Morocco
University of San Francisco
Major: Economics  

When I heard about the Boren Fellowship, it seemed like the ideal fit for my background and my future goals.  I was a graduate student in economics at the University of San Francisco, and I wanted to further develop my Arabic language skills, immerse myself in the local culture, and conduct economic research in North Africa.  I thought these experiences would prepare me to start my career as an economist in the U.S. federal government. 

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On Thursday, September 8, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the David L. Boren National Security Education Act of 1991. This act created the National Security Education Program and the Boren Scholarships and Fellowships. 

During the celebration, Senator David L. Boren, President of the University of Oklahoma and author of the David L. Boren National Security Education Act of 1991, and Dr. Clifford Stanley, Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, addressed Boren Fellows, Scholars, members of the National Security Education Board, and esteemed colleagues in the international education arena. Both speakers highlighted the importance of language skills and cultural understanding to developing international partnerships and improving U.S. national security, praising NSEP for its commitment to provide linguistic and cultural training for American students through the Boren Scholarships and Fellowships. 

You can now view photos from the event, as well our 20th Anniversary video, featuring Boren Scholars and Fellows and words from Dr. Stanley and Senator Boren, on our website.

View the 20th Anniversary Video & Photos

There were a record number of applications for both the undergraduate Boren Scholarship and the graduate Boren Fellowship in 2011.  In total, 944 undergraduate students applied for the Boren Scholarship and 152 were awarded, while 625 graduate students applied for the Boren Fellowship and 117 were awarded. Boren Scholars and Fellows will live in countries throughout Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. They will study 39 different languages. The most popular languages include Arabic, Mandarin, Swahili, Russian, Portuguese, and Japanese.

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The Institute of International Education encourages students to research and apply for multiple funding opportunities to support their study abroad plans.  Along with the Boren Scholarship and Fellowship, students may want to consider the Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship Program, the Critical Language Scholarship Program, and the Whitaker International Awards for Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers. 

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