The Boren Fellowship is the graduate portion of the Boren Awards for International Study, (which includes a Undergraduate Scholarship—see separate listing). It was 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. The Boren graduate fellowships, administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), are designed to encourage graduate studentsto pursue specialization in area and language study or to add an important international dimension to their education that may be deemed critical to U.S. national security. (There is no Stanford campus process for this award.)
Boren Fellowships provide up to $24,000 for a maximum of 24 months. Because the Boren promotes long-term linguistic and cultural immersion, preference is given to application for programs of 6 months or longer. However, an exception to this preference will be shown to students in STEM fields who are encouraged to apply for 3-6 month programs.
Areas given preference by the Boren for language and regional study are Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East. Preference is also shown to applicants studying in certain fields critical to U.S. national security (e.g. Business, Computer Science. Foreign Languages, Law, IR, History, Science and Engineering, Mathematics, Political Science and Policy Studies, Social Sciences.)
To be eligible to apply for Boren Graduate International Fellowship, an individual must be:
African Languages Initiative (AFLI)
The AFLI offers the opportunity for applicants to enhance their Boren Fellowship with additional African language study in the United States and overseas. Although domestic funding is not available as part of the Boren Fellowship, supplemental funding is available for students participating in the AFLI initiative at the University of Florida, Gainsville during the summer 2013.
It is for instruction in the following languages: Swahili, Yoruba, Zulu, Akan/Twi, Hausa, Wolof. Those planning on studying Swahili, Yoruba and Zulu in Tanzania, Nigeria and South Africa respectively can enroll for the summer language instruction at U. of Florida, which will require a separate application. Akan/Twi, Hausa and Wolof have no corresponding overseas programs.
Fellowship applicants design their own programs and may combine domestic language and cultural study with study overseas. Boren strongly encourages substantive overseas study in every case.
All fellowships must include study of a language (and corresponding area and culture) other than English. Areas of study may be comparative (within or across regions), but must have a common language core.
You will need to submit the following directly on the Boren online application system. (There is no Stanford campus process for this award):
As a condition of receiving a Boren graduate fellowship, all fellowship recipients must agree to "enter into a Service Agreement to work in a national security position or work in the field of higher education in the area of study for which the fellowship was awarded." The duration of the service agreement will be equal to the time period for which Boren NSEP support was provided, with no less than one year.
Fellowships will not be awarded for study of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.
Factors In Selection
Boren will give some preference to applications which include:
In the proposal, applicants must address the issue of the significance and critical importance of their selected area or country, language, and culture to their academic field of study, professional development, and the nation's global security.