AMOUNT: UP TO $30,000

Boren Fellowships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate 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 Fellows represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena (broadly defined as "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 funding, Boren Fellows commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.


  • U.S. citizen at the time of application

  • Either matriculated in or applying to a graduate degree program at a U.S. college of university located within the United States. Boren Fellows must remain matriculated in their graduate programs for the duration of the fellowship and may not graduate until the fellowship is complete

  • Applying to a study abroad program that meets home institution standards in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand


  1. Contact campus representative Jolyn Schleiffarth ( for on-campus deadline.
  2. Submit the Boren Fellowship application.
  3. Submit 3 online reference forms (if your application includes research, one of your letters must be from your research adviser), official transcripts, detailed budget section, language proficiency form (optional), and a letter of overseas affiliation, if possible.

number of recipients: ~100 per year