Boren Fellowships

  • Deadline: 01/31/2024
  • Renewable: Unknown
  • Number of Awards: Not Available
  • Award Amount: $24,000
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  • Phone: 800-618-6737
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  • Address: 1400 K Street, NW 7th Floor Washington, DC 20005

Boren Fellowships is an initiative of the National Security Education Program.

Their main goal is to provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests.

Those are Africa, Asia, Central, and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are not included.

Full Description

The maximum award amount is determined by duration abroad and they are the following:

  • Up to $24,000 for 37-52 weeks abroad
  • Up to $20,000 for 25-36 weeks abroad
  • Up to $12,000 for 12-24 weeks
  • + Up to $12,000 for domestic language study.

The national deadline for the Boren Awards is January 31st, and funding may be applied to programs starting as early as June 1st.

Who's eligible?

If you are wondering about the eligibility requirements, you should know that Boren Fellowships are designed to support the research and language study proposals by U.S. graduate students in world regions critical to U.S. interests.

How to Apply

The application process is done online and you are supposed to visit the scholarship provider’s website so as to start your application

You should get started by selecting the country and language you want to study and reach out to the Boren Awards campus representative at your institution who will provide you with all the necessary information related to the award.

There is a possibility of watching the introductory webinar to learn the basics of the Boren Awards application.

You can choose one of the following initiatives:

The African Flagship Languages Initiative (AFLI) for the study of French, Portuguese, 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

As a part of the application process, you are supposed to write your essays and share them with your recommenders.

Your most important support will come from your campus representative.

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