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Boren Fellowships for International Study

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. 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.


Applicants should familiarize themselves with the website (paying particular attention to the Program Basics and How to Apply sections). Once that content is reviewed, applicants are invited to schedule an appoinment with the Boren Fellowships campus representative through the advising link.

Application Deadline:

January 25, 5:00 (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.



Eligibility Criteria:

  • U.S. citizen at the time of application
  • Enrolled in or applying to a graduate degree program at an accredited U.S. college or university
  • 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