September 4, 2014

Boren Fellowships for Postgraduate Students With U.S. Citizenship

Boren Fellowships

Course(s) Offered: Several
Course Level: Graduate fellowship
Provider: NSEP
Country to Study in: Several countries

Fellowship Description
Boren Fellowships are unique opportunities for 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 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 America, and the Middle East.

The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

Eligibility
Boren Fellowships are for graduate students.

You are eligible to apply for a Boren Fellowship if you are:
  • A U.S. citizen at the time of application
  • Either matriculated in or applying to a graduate degree program at a U.S. college or university located within the United States and accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. 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 of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand. Boren Fellowships are not for study in the United States.
Program Preferences:
Boren Fellowships are awarded with preference for countries, languages, and fields of study critical to U.S. national security. Preference is also given to students who will study abroad for longer periods of time, and who are highly motivated by the opportunity to work in the federal government.

NSEP is also interested in applications that fall outside the preferences, if the candidate can make a compelling case that such study can contribute significantly to U.S. national security and the goals of the program.

For more information about what makes a competitive application, click here.

Eligible groups
Students with U.S. citizenship

Participating Institutions
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 America, and the Middle East.

The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. For a complete list of countries, please visit the official website via link below.

Fields of study
The program focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security.

It 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.

For more information about this broad definition of national security, visit the official website via link below.

Number of awards
Not specified

Sponsorship duration
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.

Scholarship benefits
Up to a maximum of $30,000 is provided.

Boren Fellowships provide up to $24,000 for overseas study. In addition, Boren Fellowships can provide limited funding for domestic language study that will supplement the overseas component. The maximum award for a combined overseas and domestic program is $30,000.

Method of Application
Submit the online application, which includes documentations as listed on the official website. Before starting the online application, remember to read the application instructions.

In addition, add noreply@borenfellowship.org to your safe sender list. All automatic emails from the system will come from this address, including submission confirmation, password resets, and login information for your referees.

All application components must be submitted by the application deadline.

It is important to visit the official website via link below for complete information on how to apply.

DEADLINES:
The 2015-16 application deadline is January 27, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

PLEASE NOTE:
Boren Fellowships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, NSEP, 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.

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. In exchange for funding, Boren Fellows commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

Application Deadline: 27 January 2015
Open to International Applicants: No (ONLY American citizens)

More Scholarship Information and Application

Related: List of Scholarships in the USA for International Students

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