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Journey Inward

Strengthening national security and solving challenges of global society require a global perspective.  The Boren Awards offers scholarships and fellowships to change people within by going abroad.

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Language

Boren Scholars and Fellows study a wide range of critical languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese, and Swahili. Boren Awards are available to students of all proficiency levels who are committed to enhancing their skills.

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Culture

Boren Scholars and Fellows from diverse fields of study immerse themselves in the cultures in world regions underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

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Service

Boren Awards alumni are committed to public service, working in positions critical to U.S. national security throughout the Federal Government, including the Departments of State, Defense, and Homeland Security, and USAID.

Programs

BOREN SCHOLARSHIPS

Fund study abroad by U.S. undergraduate students in world regions critical to U.S. interests.
 

 

Maximum awards are determined by duration abroad:

Up to $20,000 for 25-52 weeks (preferred)

Up to $10,000 for 12-24 weeks

Up to $8,000 for 8-12 weeks (STEM majors only)

BOREN FELLOWSHIPS

Fund research and language study proposals by U.S. graduate students in world regions critical to U.S. interests.
 

Maximum awards are determined by duration abroad:

Up to $24,000 for 37-52 weeks abroad (preferred)

Up to $20,000 for 25-36 weeks abroad (preferred)

Up to $12,000 for 12-24 weeks

+ Up to $12,000 for domestic language study (optional)


START YOUR APPLICATION


STEP 1 - CREATE A NEW APPLICATION

Visit the Apply Now page to get started by selecting the country and language you want to study. You may change your selections at any time.

STEP 2 - GET INFORMED

Reach out to the Boren Awards campus representative at your institution. (You may still apply if your institution does not have one.) They will have lots of constructive advice for you.

 

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Watch our introductory webinar to learn the basics of the Boren Awards application.

 

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Review the official selection criteria.

STEP 3 - CHOOSE A PROGRAM

Apply for a Regional Language Initiative

Regional Language Initiatives offer Boren Scholars and Boren Fellows carefully-selected, credit-bearing language courses during the summer (domestic) and fall (overseas), with the option to continue overseas study into the spring:

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 Select/Design Your Own Study Program

STEP 4 - REFLECT ON PROFESSIONAL GOALS

The Boren Awards invest in linguistic and cultural knowledge for aspiring federal government employees. Understanding the national security implications of your study and the many career opportunities available to you is critical to a successful application.

 

Draft your essays as early as you can and share them with your recommenders.

STEP 5 - GET MORE SUPPORT

Your most important support will come from your campus representative. (You may still apply if you do not have one; ask new advisors to contact us if they want to be listed.)

 

Boren Awards staff will release new webinars on specific topics throughout the application cycle -- watch as many as you can!

 

If you have any questions specific to your application, contact us at boren@iie.org or call 1-800-618-NSEP (6737) during business hours (9 am to 5 pm Eastern).

STEP 6 - SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION BY THE NATIONAL DEADLINE

The national deadlines for the 2020 Boren Awards are:

Boren Fellowships: January 29, 2020 at 5:00 pm EST

Boren Scholarships: February 5, 2020 at 5:00 pm EST

 

Your campus representative may also set a campus deadline to provide support and feedback -- please check to see if there is one and respect it!

 

Applicants will be notified if they have been selected in mid-to-late April of 2020.

 

Find Your Campus Representative

Boren Profiles

Lauren Richardson

Boren Scholarships
University of South Florida
International Relations

Jonas Vaicikonis

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University of Illinois
International Relations

Valerie Oliphant

Boren Fellowships
Georgetown University
International Relations