Boren Fellowship Program, a prestigious and unique program is known as an initiative of the National Security Education Program. The fellowship program provides a unique funding opportunity for U.S. graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions. The program gives a chance for the students in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The Boren Fellowships provide up to $24,000 for overseas study, a maximum award for a combined overseas and domestic program is $30,000.

David L. Boren is the principal author of the legislation that created the National Security Education Program and the Boren Awards. The scholarships and fellowships bear his name.


The candidates are eligible to apply for a Boren Fellowship if they are:

  • A U.S. citizen at the time of application
  • Planning an overseas program that meets home institution standards in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand. Boren Fellowships are not for study in the United States
  • Either matriculated in or applying to a graduate degree program at a U.S. college or university located within the United States and accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Boren Fellows must remain matriculated in their graduate programs for the duration of the fellowship and may not graduate until the fellowship is complete

How to Apply:

Applying for the scholarship, the candidates can create an account for the online application form:

Supporting Documents:

  • Three mandatory essays
  • A detailed budget section
  • The applicant must upload transcripts for all colleges and universities where a degree was obtained  or pursued.
  • Three online reference forms (Three letters of recommendation)
  • Optional online language proficiency form.
  • Letter of overseas affiliation
  • Financial Aid and Award Amount:

    • Boren Fellowships provide up to $24,000 for overseas study. 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. Maximum award amounts for overseas study are
    1. $12,000 for 12-24 weeks
    2. $20,000 for 25-36 weeks
    3. $24,000 for 37-52 weeks
    • The actual award amount is based on project costs and justifiable project-related expenses

    Application Deadline:

    Boren Fellowship application deadline is January 31, 2017, 5 P.M. EST.

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