Boren Graduate Fellowship

Boren Graduate Fellowship

About the Boren Graduate Fellowship

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.”

In exchange for fellowship funding, all Boren Fellows must agree to the NSEP Service Requirement (found on the fellowship website).

Location of award, if applicable: International Study

Eligible applicants:

University endorsement required?


Citizenship requirement:

Must be U.S. citizen

The Boren Graduate Fellowship application process:

Start by reviewing the Boren Awards website for information on application requirements and eligibility.

Discuss with CFSA and your mentor(s) your plans to apply for the fellowship.

Review the application instructions, register as a new user, and start designing your study plan.

The application opens in August.

Application components include:
– the online application form
– two essays
– three recommendation letters
– official transcript(s)

The national deadline for the Boren Fellowship is in late January.

Interested? Contact CFSA for more information on how to get started!

Advising contact:

Professor John McPeak  Email: More Information:

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