The Boren Fellowship is funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), established in 1991 by the National Security Education Act, in order to lead in the development of U.S. education and the understanding of foreign cultures. Their mission is to enhance cooperation between nations and to strengthen U.S. economic competitiveness and security.
The Boren Fellowship is a merit-based program designed to enable students to study languages and world regions that are considered critical to U.S. national security. In exchange, Boren Fellows commit to at least one year of service in a government position related to national security.
Boren Fellows propose their own program of study. Study of a critical language most be at the core of a proposal and a constant throughout the proposed term of the fellowship. Applicants may also propose course work, a research project, and/or an internship, but none of these is a required component of a proposal.
The duration and nature of the fellowship varies according to the applicant's proposal. The minimum fellowship term is 12 weeks; the maximum is 24 months, or 2 years. The fellowship may include both domestic and overseas components. The overseas component may not extend beyond one year.
Exact award value varies by the duration of the fellowship term proposed by the applicant. The maximum award value for a combined domestic and overseas program is $30,000. No more than $12,000 will be awarded for the domestic portion of a program.
For domestic study, the fellowship will support only intensive summer language programs that immediately precede or follow a period of overseas study. Applicants in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), however, may apply for domestic language funding for the academic year as well.
Funding is applied to the proposed cost of study: tuition, program expenses, living expenses, books, round-trip transport to country of study, and insurance.
- be a U.S. citizen
- be enrolled in or applying to a masters or doctoral graduate degree program at an accredited university in the U.S.
- be willing to commit to at least one year of service in a government position related to national security
Boren Fellows must maintain enrollment as graduate students through the duration of their fellowship terms. Interested candidates who will be finishing their degrees before the Boren term would begin may still be able to apply, and should contact the Boren campus representative.
The fellowship supports study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the Middle East. Study in the countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand is excluded.
NSEP relies on a broad definition of national security, "recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness."
External deadline: February 2012 (TBA)
Campus deadline: Unlike the Boren Scholarship, the Boren Fellowship does not require a campus review. Nevertheless, applicants for the fellowship are welcome and encouraged to seek guidance from the Office for Prestigious Fellowships in completing their applications. Interested students should contact the Boren Campus Representative early in the Fall semester prior to the application deadline.
Elizabeth Brown, Boren Campus Representative