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
  • Either matriculated in or applying to a graduate degree program at an accredited U.S. college or 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.
  • Planning an overseas program that meets home institution standards in a country outside ofWestern Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand. Boren Fellowships are not for study in the U.S.

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 deadline for direct submission to the Boren is January 29, 2020.