11. Can Boren Scholars and Fellows defer the service requirement in order to pursue further education?

Award recipients pursuing qualified further education are eligible for a deferral of their service deadline. Qualified further education includes enrollment in any degree-granting, accredited institution of higher education worldwide.  Each request for deferral is considered on a case-by-case basis, and the award recipient must demonstrate a commitment to sustain or advance their expertise in the language and/or geographical area for which the Boren Scholarship or Fellowship was awarded.