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Boren Awards for International Study

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About

Boren Awards for International Study provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

Eligibility

Boren Scholarships are for undergraduate students. You are eligible to apply for the Boren Scholarship if you are:

  • A U.S. citizen at the time of application
  • A high school graduate, or have earned a GED
  • Matriculated in an undergraduate degree program located within the United States accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Boren Scholars must remain matriculated in their undergraduate programs for the duration of the scholarship and may not graduate until the scholarship is complete.
  • Applying to a study abroad program that meets home institution standards in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand. Boren Scholarships are not for study in the United States.

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.

Application Procedure

1. Students interested in applying for a Boren Scholarship must be nominated by the university. Meet with Dean Amanda McCarthy in October to review application requirements.  It is also suggested that you meet with the Office of Education Aboard to identify an appropriate study abroad program.

2. Send the following application components to Dean McCarthy at aam83@case.edu by the on-campus deadline of Nov. 15, 2017:

  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcript
  • One-page description of your study abroad program (NOTE: Applicants should have worked closely with the Office of Education Abroad on selecting a program)
  • Essay (single-spaced, 800-word maximum) addressing the following:One letter of recommendation from a CWRU faculty member
    • Explain the significance of your proposed country, region, and language to U.S. national security. The Boren Awards recognize a broad definition of national security, but you should make a specific, detailed, and focused argument.
    • Describe how the country, language, and overseas program you selected will help you achieve your career goals, including your plans to fulfill the federal service requirement.
    • Describe your past experience in studying or speaking the language (or another language if relevant), as well as your plans for continuing to study and/or speak the language following your Boren Scholarship.
  • Preference will be for all application documents to be sent in one singular PDF. Letters from references can be submitted separately by the letter writer either electronically to aam83@case.edu or via U.S./campus mail to the Office of Undergraduate Studies, Case Western Reserve University, 357 Sears Building, 10900 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106-7028.

3. If nominated by the University, applicants will proceed to the national application online.

Note: Graduate students interested in applying for a Boren Fellowship should contact Dean Lynmarie Hamel (lynmarie.hamel@case.edu) in the School of Graduate Studies.

Application Timeline for Undergraduates
Campus deadline Nov. 15, 2017
Interview scheduling Nov. 15-16, 2017
Interview confirmation Nov. 17, 2017
Campus interviews Nov. 27 – Dec. 1, 2017
Campus nominations completed Feb. 5-8, 2018
National deadline Feb. 8, 2018

Value of the Award

Maximum scholarship awards are:

  • $8,000 for a summer program (special initiative for STEM students only; eight weeks minimum)
  • $10,000 for a semester
  • $20,000 for a full academic year 

Boren Fellowships provide up to $24,000 for overseas study. In addition, Boren Fellowships can provide limited funding for domestic language study that will supplement the overseas component. The maximum award for a combined overseas and domestic program is $30,000.

Contact

800.618.6737
boren@iie.org

1400 K St., NW, 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20005


Past Undergraduate Winners

2015

Anna Sklenar
Class of 2018
Mechanical Engineering
International Studies

2009

Joseph Recht
Class of 2011
Japanese Studies
Mechanical Engineering

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