The Boren Fellowship provides up to $24,000 for overseas study in a language of security interest to the U.S. Additional funding for domestic language study may be acquired, with a total combined award maximum of $30,000. See the Boren site for more information about eligible study areas and application materials.

Conditions of Eligibility

You are eligible for a Boren Fellowship for graduate study if you are:

  • A U.S. citizen at the time of application
  • Matriculated for the duration of their Boren Awards-funded program in an undergraduate or graduate degree program located within the United States and accredited by a body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Planning an overseas program that meets home institution standards in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand. Boren Fellowships are not for study in the U.S.
  • Planning to study in a country of which they are not a citizen
  • (For ROTC cadets and midshipmen and members of the military Reserves or National Guard) In inactive, non-drilling status for the duration of their Boren Awards-funded program

Application Materials

  • Online application
  • Study plan that includes serious language component in language of national security interest to U.S.
  • Two essays, one of them focused on your study plan
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts from all colleges or universities where a degree was obtained
  • Budget

Application Deadline

Students interested in the Boren should contact ODPS by mid-fall before the national application deadline to consult on appropriate plans of study. The national deadlines for Graduate and Undergraduate applications usually fall in late January/early February. Please consult the Boren website for details.