Boren Graduate Fellowships

Internal deadline for graduate review: January 24, 2018
National deadline for graduate students: January 30, 2018 (4 p.m. CST)

(Students apply through the national portal; Boren Advisor Karen Wachsmuth is available for editing and application support) 

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About the Program

Boren Fellowships provide graduate students who are U.S. citizens, both at the master's and the doctoral level, with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation, in exchange for their commitment to seek work in the federal government. The Boren Graduate Fellowship Program provides up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellows represent a variety of academic and professional disciplines, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Swahili.

Boren Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

Boren Fellowship awards are made for a minimum of 12 weeks and maximum of 24 months. Overseas programs can be no longer than one year. Boren Fellowships promote long-term linguistic and cultural immersion. Therefore, all overseas study must be a minimum of 12 weeks, and preference will be given to applicants proposing overseas programs of 6 months or longer. However, applicants proposing overseas programs of 3-6 months, especially those in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields are encouraged to apply.

Boren Fellowships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Applicants should identify how their projects, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined. NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of 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. All applicants must demonstrate how their study programs and future goals are connected to this broad understanding of national security.

In exchange for fellowship funding, all Boren fellows must agree to the NSEP Service Requirement.

Application Process 

For additional information, visit the Boren website or view the program's slideshow.
Please contact Karen Wachsmuth for more information and for proposal review. For additional information on how to apply, please view our Boren application process Power Point.

Click here for information on the 2014 UI Boren Fellowship recipient, Chris Anderson!

Karen Wachsmuth

Associate Director, International Fellowships
International Programs
1111 University Capitol Centre