Boren Fellowship

Boren Fellowships provide 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 Fellowships for graduate students provide up to $24,000 for overseas study. Boren Fellowships are made for a minimum of 12 weeks overseas and a maximum of one year overseas.

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 Deadline: Late January

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen who is registered in an accredited graduate program within the US
  • Must have career/academic goals which resonate with Boren’s emphasis on U.S. national security and/or international affairs
  • Apply to a study abroad program with a language study section in a Boren endorsed language or country, and also plan to pursue the language study after your return from abroad