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Boren Fellowship

Important Dates

Campus Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
National Application Deadline (Application Period): 
Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Application Materials


Open to: 
Graduate students
Eligibility requirements: 
  • U.S. citizen and willing to enter into a service agreement to work for the federal government in the national security arena for at least one year after graduation.
  • Matriculated in a graduate degree program at an accredited institution, or currently enrolled in a degree program and in the process of applying to a graduate program.


Application Process: 


The Boren Fellowship has a campus process. Therefore, you need to be aware of two deadlines: a campus deadline and a national deadline. The campus deadline is in mid-January and the national deadline in late January. The application process is lengthy and requires many months of preparation.


Should I Apply?

Important information, which can help you determine if a Boren Fellowship is right for you, can be found here:

Additional information about the Boren Graduate Fellowship, including application criteria, can be found at:


Other Special Opportunities for Boren Fellows:

African Languages Initiative (AFLI)

South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative (SAFLI)


For the Campus Deadline please complete the following steps: 

• Email PDF of your online application to Diane Murk and

• Email Scholarship/Fellowship Nomination Permission Form and WaiverForm to Diane Murk (will be provided to applicants)

• NOTE: Do NOT submit your online application through the Boren Slate system until after the campus committee evaluation process is complete. We will provide more information about this step later.


1. Candidate application

a. Biographical and Educational Information – Transcripts (for all colleges and universities where a degree was obtained or pursued)

b. Program Budget

c. Two Essays

  1. National Security (800 word max.)
  2. Motivation and Public Service (1,000 word max.)

d. Study Plan

e. Language Self-Assessment Form

f. Letter of Overseas Affiliation (if possible)

2. Three (3) letters of recommendation to be submitted online by references

3. Language proficiency evaluation form (optional) to be submitted online by reference


Additional Information


How the ORC can help

After reading this website and the official Boren website you should attend an information session. Info sessions can be found at


Amount Awarded: 
Up to $24,000; Tuition and fees, room and board, books, research expenses, travel, insurance, other expenses

About the Boren Fellowship

The Boren Awards for International Study were established by the National Security Education Act of 1991 in honor of Senator David L. Boren of Oklahoma to increase the number of students in languages, fields of study and world regions critical to U.S. security. Boren Fellowships 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.

The fellowships encourage graduate students to pursue specialization in area and language study or to add an important international dimension to their education.  The award provides up to $24,000 for a maximum of 12 months. Preference is given to programs of 6 months or longer.

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