Syracuse University

Center for Fellowship & Scholarship Advising

Boren Graduate Fellowship

About the Boren Graduate Fellowship

The Boren Fellowship funds study of foreign languages critical to U.S. national security.
Boren Fellowships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and offer up to $30,000 for language training, research, and cultural immersion in areas critical to US interests but underrepresented in study abroad, such as Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Boren Fellows can clearly articulate links between their study of less commonly taught languages (such as Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, or Swahili), their academic and career goals, and the concerns of US national security. NSEP defines national security in broad terms, “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.”

Special Location of award, if applicable:

Eligible applicants:

• are enrolled in or applying to a graduate program.
• are willing to agree to a postgraduate service requirement with the federal government .
• have career aspirations in government work.

Student year:

Student year at time of application:  Graduate

University endorsement required?


Citizenship requirement:

Must be U.S. citizen

The Boren Graduate Fellowship application process:

Begin by developing your overseas plan; successful applications typically include “a combination of language study and research or academic internships, as well as significant time overseas.”

The deadline is in late January. Though Boren Graduate Fellowships do not require SU nomination, you should work with a CFSA scholarship advisor and faculty mentor.

Advising contact:

Professor John McPeak  Email:
More Information:

Enter any terms you are interested, such as “Government” or “Biotechnology”,