Application period: October 18, 2021 to January 26, 2022 (2:00 p.m. PT)

Eligibility requirements:

  • 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 in the United States
  • Evidence of admission and enrollment in such a program at the time of award

Award summary and conditions: Boren Fellowships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, 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. 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.

Application process: online

Application requirements: 

  • Essays (2)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended 
  • Detailed budget 
  • Letters of recommendation (3)
  • Online language proficiency form 
  • Language self-assessment 
  • Letter of overseas affiliation - (If possible)

Faculty representative: Keith Raether

Announcement date: All applicants are notified of their status by email in early May

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