Boren Graduate Fellowship Application Available

The applications for the 2014-15 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available at Boren Fellowship Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations.

Boren Fellowship recipients represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. As part of the African Languages Initiative, Boren Award applicants have the opportunity to further their study of Akan/Twi, Hausa, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba, or Zulu. For a complete list of languages, visit our website.

Graduate students receive up to $30,000 for language study and international research. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.  There is a Boren Scholarship program for Undergraduates, please see below.

National Application Deadlines for Boren Fellowship: January 28, 2014

The UW-Madison Boren Fellowship Program campus representative, Dr. Erin Crawley in the International Fellowships Office is available (, 262-9632) to answer questions about the application. There is no campus component to the application process, graduate applicants apply directly to Boren. For more information about the Boren Awards and to access the on-line application, please visit You can also contact the Boren Awards staff at or 1-800-618-NSEP with questions.

The Boren Awards are initiatives of the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and are administered by the Institute of International Education.

The Boren Scholarship program offers awards to undergraduates. If you are interested in finding out more about the Boren Scholarship program go to www.boren
At UW–Madison, Matt Geisler, assistant director of International Academic Programs, serves as the campus representative for the Boren Scholarships. Undergraduate students who want to learn more about applying for the scholarship may contact him at, or 608-265-6329. The Boren Scholarship national deadline is February 5, 2014, but there will be an earlier campus deadline.