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Boren Graduate Fellowship

Goes By: Boren Fellowship
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Provides U.S. graduate students the opportunity to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency.

Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 in a 12-month period for graduate level projects including language study, research, coursework, academic internships, etc. Strong preference is given to students planning to be abroad for 6 months or longer. Applicants must explain how their language and study relate to issues of National Security, broadly defined. Boren Fellows also incur a service requirement, wherein they must agree to work for the federal government for a period commensurate with the length of their fellowship, or one year, whichever is longer.

While no nomination is required, students are encouraged to have their applications reviewed by NFSP well before the electronic deadline.

Please note: Students applying for the Boren must also complete the USC Study Abroad Application due to the Education Abroad Office. If awarded grant, at least 30 days prior to departure you must complete the relevant Study Abroad Application found at the link to Forms and Applications, and then Graduate/Professional Students at

Award Value

Up to $24,000 for overseas study. Some funding available for domestic language study to supplement overseas component, for a maximum overseas and domestic program value of $30,000.

Eligibility Requirements

Requirements Details
Year(s) of Application Senior, Alumni/Non-enrolled, Masters, Doctoral

Minimum Grade Point Average



US Citizen
Campus Nomination Required No
Year of Study Funded Masters, Doctoral
Academic Areas: All
Areas of Interest: Study Abroad, Language Study
Language Funding Yes
Location Abroad

Be sure to consult the competition website for complete eligibility and competition requirements.


Intent to Apply Fall 2020 Deadline
Sunday, November 1, 2020

Boren Campus Nomination Deadline
Monday, January 11, 2021
Noon ET

Boren Fellowship Electronic Deadline
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
5 p.m. ET

Last updated: August 21, 2020

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