Boren Fellowships

Award Info:

Boren Scholarships Maximum Award Amounts:

8-11 weeks: $8,000 for a summer program (STEM majors only)
12-24 weeks: $12,500
25-52 weeks: $25,000

Boren Fellowships Maximum Award Amounts:

12-24 weeks: $12,500
25-52 weeks: $25,000

Boren Fellows have the option to apply for up to $12,000 for domestic summer intensive language courses. If requested, the maximum total combined domestic and overseas award amount is $30,000.


The Boren Awards promote long-term linguistic and cultural immersion. The majority of eligible students will apply for Boren Awards to fund overseas language study programs that they have identified themselves.

The Boren Fellowships are designed to give graduate students maximum flexibility to pursue their academic goals alongside their study of the target language. As noted above, Boren Fellows may concentrate only on language study during their time abroad -- such an application will be given equal consideration. Language study throughout the duration of the grant may be supplemented with any or all of the following activities:

Academic Internship: Boren Fellows may conduct internships related to their degree programs while abroad. Internships conducted during the period of a Boren Awards grant may not be remunerated, nor may they be conducted with the U.S. or a foreign government. If you have questions about an internship with an organization with ties to the U.S. or a foreign government, please contact us at or 1-800-618-NSEP (6737). Boren Fellows also may not work as journalists while abroad, even if the work is freelance or unpaid.
Classroom Study: Boren Fellows may enroll in or audit courses in their academic disciplines at host-country institutions while abroad.
Research: Boren Fellows are encouraged to conduct research related to graduate theses or dissertations while abroad.