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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 appointment with the Boren Fellowships campus representative through the advising link.

We welcome you to RSVP for a Boren Info Session. More info sessions will be added as we enter the fall semester.

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

Application Deadline:

  • Fellowship Application Opens: August 2021
  • Fellowship Application Campus Deadline: January 16th, 2022, 11:59 PM EST
  • Fellowship Application National Deadline: January 26th, 2022, 5:00 PM EST

Application Submission:

Applications submitted by the campus deadline will receive a review by the Boren Fellowships campus representative. Please note that applicants who submit after the Campus Deadline are still encouraged to apply to the Boren Fellowship, although a review of their application may not be provided. Applications are submitted online through the Boren Fellowship website by the applicant. Prior to applying, applicants should review the online application instructions.