Boren Fellowships

Boren Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. graduate students to study abroad. The fellowships are aimed at less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad.

Scholarship Summary
Level: Postgraduate Institution(s): See list below
Location: Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East Field(s): Languages
Target: Americans, Canadians Deadline(s): January 31 2017,

Boren Fellowships provide up to $24,000 for overseas study. In addition, 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. Overseas program must be at least 12 weeks in duration and no more than one year. For overseas funding, the following costs are not covered: cost of obtaining a passport and visa, cost of medications, vaccinations, expenses for dependents, and personal travel expenses. See more information

Boren Fellowships is an initiative of the National Security Education Program. Boren Fellows represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren Fellows commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

The locations for study include: 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.


To be eligible for the Boren Fellowships, you must:

  • be a U.S. citizen at the time of application
  • be either matriculated in or applying to a graduate degree program at a U.S. college or university located within the United States
  • As a Boren Fellow, remain matriculated in your graduate programs for the duration of the fellowship and may not graduate until the fellowship is complete.
  • be planning an overseas program that meets home institution standards in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand. 
  • be applying to study outside the United States.

note: Economically disadvantaged students, first-generation, students with disabilities and ethnic and racial diverse students are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply for Boren Fellowships

Candidates can find the application online on this link. All elements of the Boren Fellowship application are online and must be submitted by the deadline. The following instructions apply:

For additional information and instructions on how to apply for an Boren Fellowship, please visit here.


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