NSEP Boren Graduate Fellowship

Deadline: January 24, 2024
Wed, 24 January, 2024 12:00am


The National Security Education Program Boren Fellowship is for graduate students interested in acquiring or strengthening skills in languages critical to US National Security, and is intended for those who are willing to make a commitment to federal service. Graduate Fellows are able to choose their own program or select one of four Flagship Programs. In addition to language learning, Graduate Fellows are encouraged to conduct research, take additional academic courses, and/or pursue internships. There is also an opportunity to be funded for domestic language programs. The maximum award offered for graduate students is $30,000.


Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. citizens at the time of the national application deadline
  • A high school graduate, or have earned a GED
  • At least 18 years of age or older at the time of the national application deadline
  • Planning an overseas program in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand
  • Planning to study in a country of which they are not a citizen
  • Matriculated for the duration of their Boren Awards-funded program in a graduate degree program located within the United States and accredited by a body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
  • (For ROTC cadets and midshipmen and members of the military Reserves or National Guard) In inactive, non-drilling status for the duration of their Boren Awards-funded program

In addition to these basic eligibility criteria, the Boren Awards give preference to programs based on their duration, focus on intensive study of a preferred language in a preferred country, and the applicant’s field of study.

Please check the Boren Awards website for more details on eligibility, requirements, and deadlines. 


The Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships (OGSAF) offers personalized one-on-one advising services for students interested in the Boren Fellowship. Please contact Amica Rapadas ([email protected]) with any questions related to the program or your application.

Book an advising appointment online with OGSAF staff member, Amica.


Last Year's Information Session (co-hosted by OGSAF and the Boren Fellowship Program)

On October 26, 2023, the Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships joined a representative from the Boren Program for an overview of the program, tips for your application and an opportunity for students to ask questions.

Watch a recording of that session below:





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