STEPS ON HOW TO APPLY BOREN SCHOLARSHIPS

CREATE A NEW APPLICATION

Visit the Apply Now page to get started by selecting the country and language you want to study. You may change your selections at any time.

 GET INFORMED

Reach out to the Boren Awards campus representative at your institution. (You may still apply if your institution does not have one.) They will have lots of constructive advice for you.

Review the official selection criteria.

CHOOSE A PROGRAM

Apply for a Regional Flagship Language Initiative

Regional Flagship Language Initiatives offer Boren Scholars and Boren Fellows carefully-selected, credit-bearing language courses during the summer (domestic) and fall (overseas), with the option to continue overseas study into the spring:

  • The African Flagship Languages Initiative (AFLI) for the study of FrenchPortugueseSwahiliAkan/TwiWolof, or Zulu
  • The Indonesian Flagship Language Initiative (IFLI) for the study of Indonesian
  • The South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative (SAFLI) for the study of Hindi or Urdu
  • New in 2020! The Turkish Flagship Language Initiative (TURFLI) for the study of Turkish

 -OR-

 Select/Design Your Own Study Program

REFLECT ON PROFESSIONAL GOALS

The Boren Awards invest in linguistic and cultural knowledge for aspiring federal government employees. Understanding the national security implications of your study and the many career opportunities available to you is critical to a successful application.

Draft your essays as early as you can and share them with your recommenders.

GET MORE SUPPORT

Your most important support will come from your campus representative. (You may still apply if you do not have one; ask new advisors to contact us if they want to be listed.)

Boren Awards staff will release new webinars on specific topics throughout the application cycle — watch as many as you can!

If you have any questions specific to your application, contact us at boren@iie.org or call 1-800-618-NSEP (6737) during business hours (9 am to 5 pm Eastern).

SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION BY THE NATIONAL DEADLINE

The national deadlines for the 2021 Boren Awards are:

Boren Fellowships: January 27, 2021 at 5:00 pm EST

Boren Scholarships: February 3, 2021 at 5:00 pm EST

The application for the 2021 cycle will open in mid-August 2020.

Boren Awards funding may be applied to programs starting as early as June 1, 2021 or as late as March 1, 2022.

Your campus representative may also set a campus deadline to provide support and feedback — please check to see if there is one and respect it!

Applicants will be notified if they have been selected in mid-to-late April of 2021.

DEADLINES: BOREN FELLOWSHIPS: JANUARY 27, 2021, 5 P.M. EST  |  BOREN SCHOLARSHIPS: FEBRUARY 3, 2021, 5 P.M. EST