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Boren Fellowships

National Security Education Program - Boren Awards

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #150946

Grant Description

Fellowships to USA graduate students for opportunities to study abroad. Students will study cultures and languages in eligible foreign countries. The purpose of the program is to offer students the opportunity to gain knowledge that will assist them with future governmental careers. Students from diverse fields of study immerse themselves in the cultures in world regions underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Regional Flagship Language Initiatives offer Boren Scholars and Boren Fellows carefully-selected, credit-bearing language courses during the summer (domestic) and fall (overseas), with the option to continue overseas study into the spring:

  • The African Flagship Languages Initiative (AFLI) for the study of French, Swahili, Akan/Twi, Wolof, or Zulu
  • The Indonesian Flagship Language Initiative (IFLI) for the study of Indonesian
  • The South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative (SAFLI) for the study of Hindi or Urdu
  • The Turkish Flagship Language Initiative (TURFLI) for the study of Turkish

Or, applicants can select or design their own study programs. 

For more information on the Regional Flagship Language Initiatives, see

The Boren Awards promote long-term linguistic and cultural immersion. Proposed programs of two or more semesters are strongly encouraged. Preference will be given to Boren Awards applicants proposing overseas programs of at least 25 weeks’ duration. The minimum duration of an eligible program is 12 weeks for most Boren Awards applicants.

Boren Fellows must have a serious language component in their overseas study proposals. This is the only required element, so proposals to enroll in a traditional language program will be sufficient. Graduate students are encouraged to simultaneously pursue research relevant to their degrees, additional academic coursework, and/or internships. If these activities are conducted in the target language, they may be considered part of the language component of the proposal. Graduate students may also supplement their overseas study with private tutoring.

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  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

U.S. graduate students may apply.

All applicants must be:
- U.S. citizens at the time of the national application deadline
- A high school graduate, or have earned a GED
- Planning an overseas program in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand
- Planning to study in a country of which they are not a citizen
- Matriculated for the duration of their Boren Awards-funded program in an undergraduate or graduate degree program located within the United States and accredited by a body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
- (For ROTC cadets and midshipmen and members of the military Reserves or National Guard) In inactive, non-drilling status for the duration of their Boren Awards-funded program

Boren Fellowships applicants must be matriculated in an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program located within the United States and accredited by a body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time of application. They must remain matriculated in an undergraduate degree program for the duration of the scholarship and may not graduate until the scholarship is complete.

Pre-Application Information:

Boren Fellowships: January 25, 2023 at 5:00 pm EST

Applicants will be notified if they have been selected in mid-to-late April of 2023.

How to apply:
- Step 1: Visit the Apply Now page to get started by selecting the country and language you want to study. You may change your selections at any time.
- Step 2: Reach out to the Boren Awards campus representative at your institution. (You may still apply if your institution does not have one.) They will have lots of constructive advice for you. Your campus representative may also set a campus deadline to provide support and feedback -- please check to see if there is one and respect it! -AND- Watch the introductory webinar to learn the basics of the Boren Awards application. -AND- Review the official selection criteria.
- Step 3: Apply for a Regional Flagship Language Initiative
- Step 4: Reflect on professional goals
- Step 5: Get more support

Application Information:

Watch Introductory Webinar:

Selection Criteria:

Eligibility Information:

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum awards are determined by duration abroad:
- Up to $25,000 for 25-52 weeks (preferred)
- Up to $12,500 for 12-24 weeks
+ Up to $12,000 for domestic language study (optional)

Term of Contract:

Boren Awards funding in the 2023 application cycle may be applied to programs starting as early as June 4, 2023 or as late as March 1, 2024. (Note: Funding for program expenses incurred after May 31, 2024 is contingent upon availability and cannot be guaranteed at the time of award.

Contact Information:

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Find your campus representative:

If you have any questions specific to your application, contact or call 1-800-618-NSEP (6737) during business hours (9 am to 5 pm Eastern)
Boren Scholarships and Fellowships
Institute of International Education
1400 K Street, NW, 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20005-2403

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