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Boren Graduate Fellowship

Goes By: Boren Fellowship

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


Boren Campus Nomination Deadline
Monday, January 8, 2024
Noon ET

Boren Fellowship Electronic Deadline
Wednesday, January 24, 2024
5 p.m. ET

About this Fellowship

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 25 weeks 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.

To participate in the campus feedback process, applicants should submit an Intent to Apply form by December 1. Students should work with NFSP to submit application materials for review and feedback from the Boren faculty committee by the January 8, 2024 campus deadline. The committee is an opportunity to get individualized feedback on how to submit a more competitive application from faculty and staff experts who have a lot of experience supporting USC Boren applicants.

Please note: Current graduate students applying for the Boren must also submit information to the Education Abroad Office at least 30 days prior to departure. See their website for more information.

Award Value

Up to $25,000 for overseas study of a less commonly taught language in a non-English speaking country. 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 Yes

Last updated: November 28, 2023

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