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Boren Fellowships for International Study

Description: The National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships provide a unique funding opportunity for U.S. students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East). The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. 

NSEP was designed to provide Americans with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation, in exchange for a commitment to seek work in the federal government. As students of other cultures and languages, NSEP Boren Scholars begin to acquire the international competence needed to communicate effectively across borders, to understand other perspectives, and to analyze economic and political affairs. 

Boren Fellowships can be awarded for overseas language study, academic study, research (either Master’s or Ph.D. level), an academic internship, or any combination of the above.  In addition, Boren Fellowships can provide limited funding for domestic language study that will supplement the overseas component. Please visit the Boren Awards website to view Preferred Languages and Preferred Destinations

Eligibility Criteria: Boren Fellowships are for graduate students. You are eligible to apply for a Boren Fellowship if you are:

  • A U.S. citizen at the time of application, and
  • Either enrolled in or applying to a graduate degree program at an accredited U.S. college or university located within the United States. To receive the award you must provide evidence of admission and enrollment in such a program. Boren Fellows must remain enrolled in their graduate programs for the duration of the fellowship.

Deadline: January 30, 2018, 5:00PM (EST) 

Application Submission: Applications are submitted online through the Boren Fellowship website by the applicant.  Prior to applying, applicants should review the online application instructions.

Advising: Interested applicants should familiarize themselves with the website (paying particular attention to the Program Basics and How to Apply sections), and then schedule an appointment with the Boren Fellowships campus representative: Beth Dutridge-Corp (