Boren Fellowships - Graduate

Interest Deadline: December 8
Campus Deadline: January 19

About the Boren Fellowships

Boren Fellowships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique 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. 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.

To hear some of the Peer Scholarship Advisors’ tips on the Boren Scholarship and Fellowship, read their blog post.

Campus Nomination Process

Overview: The campus application cycle begins by meeting the interest deadline by emailing the Director of National Scholarships. Applicants who contact the Director by this deadline will be assigned a PSA to assist them with their application over winter break. After break, all interested applicants must also submit their application by the campus deadline. Campus interviews will follow.

Application Format: The application is completed through Boren’s online application portal.

Deadlines and Timeline: 

  • December 8 at midnight: Interest Deadline: contact the Director of National Scholarships by this date in order to be matched with a PSA over winter break. After break, all interested applicants must complete their application by the campus deadline. (This is a suggested step, not a required one.)
  • January 19 at midnight: Campus Application Deadline: Your complete application and supporting materials should be complete in Boren's online application portal by this date in order to be eligible for campus interviews/ratings). Note: the Director of National Scholarships will be able to see all complete applications in Boren's online system, there is no need to select "submit" at this point. (This will allow you to continue editing your application after the campus interviews.)deadline to complete the application (and upload all supporting materials) to the Boren website in order to participate in the campus interview process
  • Mid-January: Campus Interviews (can be completed virtually for alums)

NominationsBoren does not require nominations. However, Boren does allow campus representatives to rate students on a scale of 1-5. While the rating is not required, it does give the Boren reviewers additional insight into student applications and unique qualifications.

National Application Process

The national deadline is January 29 at 5 p.m. EST. All students must meet the campus deadline (posted above) in order to be eligible for a campus rating by the national deadline.  Learn more about the Boren Fellowship, including details about the award, eligibility details, and the program preference process.

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