NSEP David L. Boren Graduate Fellowship

Deadline Disciplines Purpose Open To Eligibility
01/01/2018 Studies relevant to foreign cultures Funding for up to 2 years of graduate study (domestic and abroad) Graduate students U.S. citizen, travel must be outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand

 

About the NSEP David L. Boren Graduate Fellowship

Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students 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 support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. 

Boren Fellows represent a variety of academic and professional disciplines, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Swahili.

Boren Fellowships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Applicants should identify how their projects, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined.  NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.

Boren Fellowships are for graduate students. You are eligible to apply for a Boren Fellowship if you are:

•A U.S. citizen at the time of application

•Either matriculated in or applying to a graduate degree program at a U.S. college or university located within the United States and accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Boren Fellows must remain matriculated in their graduate programs for the duration of the fellowship and may not graduate until the fellowship is complete.

•Planning an overseas program that meets home institution standards in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.  Boren Fellowships are not for study in the United States.

Students interested in applying should work with a mentor.  MSU contact is Kari Beall: ballkar@msu.edu 

For more information, visit the NSEP David L. Boren Graduate Fellowship website.