An initiative of the National Security Education Program, the Boren Awards provide funding for undergraduate and graduate students in the United States to study in world regions critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
Boren scholars and fellows represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. As part of the African Languages Initiative, Boren Award applicants have the opportunity to further their study of Akan/Twi, French, Hausa, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba, or Zulu.
Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students in the U.S. to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study-abroad programs. (Deadline: February 9, 2017)
Boren Fellowships provide 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. (Deadline: January 31, 2017)
In exchange for funding, recipients must commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.
For complete program guidelines, application instructions, and a schedule of information Webinar sessions, see the Boren Awards website.