Jan 20 Gen-I NOW Message: Study Languages Abroad with Funding from the Boren Foundation!

Hô! (“Hello!” in the Sac and Fox (Sauk) language)

This NOW message shares information about the Boren Scholarship and Fellowship Applications!

The Boren Foundation provides two amazing opportunities for interested students to fund a summer, semester, or entire academic year abroad! Boren scholars represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who study a foreign language and wish to work in the federal national security arena.

The Boren Fellowship and Scholarship programs provide unique funding opportunities for students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests. In exchange for funding, Boren Fellows/Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are available for students planning an overseas program in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.  Funding from these programs is not applicable to study within the United States.

BOREN FELLOWSHIP (Graduate Students)
You are eligible to apply for a Boren Fellowship if you are:

  • Matriculated in or applying to a graduate degree program at a U.S. college or university.
  • Planning an overseas program that meets your home institution standards.


  • Boren Fellowships provide up to $24,000 for overseas study.
  • Boren Fellowships are made for a minimum of 12 weeks overseas and a maximum of one year overseas.


BOREN SCHOLARSHIP (Undergraduate Students)
You are eligible to apply for the Boren Scholarship if you are:  

  • A high school graduate or have earned a GED.
  • Have matriculated in an undergraduate degree program located within the United States.
  • Applying to a study abroad program that meets the standards of your home institution.


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


Boren-funded programs can begin no earlier than June 1, 2016 and no later than March 1, 2017. Boren Fellows and Scholars must remain in their graduate/undergraduate program for the duration of the scholarship/fellowship and may not graduate until the program is complete. Applicants will be notified of their status by mail in mid-late April.


  1. Contact your Boren campus representativefor your on-campus deadline.
  2. Before starting the online application, read the complete application instructions.
  3. To start a Boren application, click here.

For questions, applicants may contact program representatives by phone or email.
Telephone: 1-800-618-6737
Email: boren@iie.org


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