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National Security Education Program, Boren Scholarships/Fellowships (Submission Deadline: January 31, 2012)

Unique opportunity for funded research in Asia.

Release Date: 10/31/2011

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships

The applications for the 2012-2013 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available at 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 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, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba, or Zulu.

For a complete list of languages, visit our website.

Undergraduate students can receive up to $20,000 for an academic years study abroad and graduate students 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.

National Application Deadlines

Boren Fellowship: January 31, 2012

Boren Scholarship: February 9, 2012*

*Many institutions have an earlier on-campus deadline. Visit our website for information about your campus deadline and Boren campus representative.

 Application Checklist

   1.Submit the online application, which includes the following items. Before starting the online application, remember to read the application instructions.
         A.Three mandatory essays. For more information about developing a proposal for the Boren Fellowship, click here.
         B.A detailed budget section.
         C. Three online reference forms.  Click here for advice about getting strong letters of reference.
         D. Optional online language proficiency form.
         E.Letter of overseas affiliation - If possible, applicants should upload a letter from an academic institution, research institute, non-governmental organization, and/or an individual who is aware that the applicant is planning study and/or research in that country and is willing to assist the applicant in coordinating his or her plans. Applicants should remember that the letter of affiliation is not required at the time of application, and the lack of this letter should not stop one from applying. 
   2.Send required supplementary materials to IIE.
         A.Official, hard copy, transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate degrees earned or worked towards (including overseas institutions). IIE cannot confirm receipt of materials, so applicants should send materials using a traceable method to ensure delivery. It is best if applicants can collect and send all original and sealed transcripts in one packet.

All online components must be submitted, and all original supplementary material must arrive at the below address, by the application deadline.

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 Language Flagship

The Language Flagship is a breakthrough in foreign language and culture instruction in the United States designed to help individuals achieve superior-level proficiency in critical languages including Arabic, Chinese, Korean, and Persian. Flagship students participate in advanced language programs offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The Language Flagship Fellowship is an award for up to two-years for graduate students to support their intensive language study at Flagship institutions in the U.S. and overseas. Flagship Fellowships are available for the study of Arabic, Chinese, Korean, and Persian at designated Flagship Programs. Eligible applicants for Flagship Fellowships must be U.S. citizens with advanced proficiency in the Flagship language of study. Past recipients of Boren Scholarships or Fellowships are eligible to apply for the Flagship Fellowship. In addition, students currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate Flagship programs may apply for Boren funding to participate in overseas Flagship programs.

Flagship Fellowship Application Deadline: January 12, 2012.

Application information can be found online at . You can also email

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

Boren Awards
Institute of International Education
1400 K Street NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005

Tel: 800-618-6737
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