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NSEP/David L. Boren Graduate Fellowship

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The National Security Education Program's David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships enable U.S. students to pursue specialization in area and language study or to add an important international dimension to their education. Boren Graduate Fellowships support graduate study of languages, cultures, and world regions that are critical to U.S. national security but are less frequently studied by U.S. graduate students, i.e., areas of the world other than Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

It is hoped that recipients of Boren Fellowships will comprise an ever-growing cadre of experts whose enriched educational and professional experiences will enable them to provide leadership and direction in the national commitment to economic growth, international peace and security, and promotion of democracy abroad. The fellowships honor the distinguished former Senator from Oklahoma.

NSEP welcomes applications from U.S. citizens who are enrolled in, or applying to a graduate degree program in an accredited U.S. college or university located within the United States. Applicants design their own study programs and may combine language and cultural study in the U.S. along with overseas study. All Fellowships must include study of a modern language other than English and the study of an area and culture. (Note: Boren Graduate Fellowship support may not be used for study of French or Spanish unless such language instruction is at an advanced level or combined with study of business, the applied sciences, or engineering.)

Boren Graduate Fellowship awards are made for a minimum of one, and a maximum of six academic semesters (24 months). Fellowships provide support for overseas or domestic study, or a combination of both. The maximum award for overseas study is $10,000 per semester for up to two semesters ($20,000 total). A maximum of $12,000 is available for a program of domestic study only. Support for domestic study is limited to language or area studies which enhance a degree program. The maximum level of support for a combined overseas and domestic program is $28,000.

Each year, NSEP publishes a list of geographic areas, languages, and fields of study identified as critical to U.S. national security. This list currently includes 87 countries and 47 languages. In addition, it emphasizes a diverse list of fields of study, including business, economics, history, international affairs, law, applied sciences and engineering, health and biomedical sciences, political science, and other social sciences. Applicants for the NSEP/Boren Graduate Fellowships are strongly encouraged to focus their studies on one of these geographic areas, languages, and/or fields of study. NSEP remains interested in encouraging applications for study in other countries and world regions where a compelling argument can be made that an increased understanding and appreciation represents an important contribution to U.S. national security.

The Boren Graduate Fellowships do entail a public service requirement. At the end of their study, the recipients are required to seek employment with an agency or office of the federal government involved in national security affairs. Boren award recipients who are unable to identify a job after making a "good faith" effort may fulfill the requirement by working in the field of U.S. higher education in an area of study for which the Fellowship was awarded. Eligible federal agencies where this service requirement can be met include, among others, the Departments of State, Commerce, Defense, Energy, Justice, and the Intelligence Community, as well as more than 25 committees and subcommittees of the U.S. Congress.

Those interested in applying should consult with the Boston College Campus Coordinator for the NSEP Boren Graduate Fellowships.

To get additional information about the NSEP/Boren Fellowships and the application process before talking with the Campus Coordinator, consult the David L. Boren Graduate Fellowship web site.