Funding: Boren Fellowships (for Graduate Students)


Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations.

Boren 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. For a complete list of languages, visit our website.  

Graduate students can receive up to $30,000 for language study and international research. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.

The University of Washington Graduate School will be offering two information sessions about the Boren Fellowship:

  1. Nov. 20, 2013; 4:00 p.m., in person.   Space is limited, so please register at:
  2. Dec. 2, 2013; 3:30 p.m.  Webinar.   Please register at:


National Application Deadlines
Boren Fellowship: January 28, 2014

The applications for the 2014-2015 David L. Boren Fellowships are now available at

For more information about the Boren Awards, to register for one of our upcoming webinars, and to access the on-line application, please visit You can also contact the Boren Awards staff at or 1-800-618-NSEP with questions.

The Boren Awards are initiatives of the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and are administered by the Institute of International Education.

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