At the University of Chicago Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, we want students to have access to academic and cultural resources, but to also have opportunities independent of the classroom and student life. Thus, the following is a list of opportunities where students can go to search for funding, enrich their summers or find work after graduation.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

National Security Education Program - Boren Fellowship

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.

Boren Fellowships allow graduate students 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 support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. Applicants must identify how their projects, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined. The scope of national security has expanded to include  not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease, population growth, migration, and economic competitiveness.

To be eligible, an applicant will be:
  • 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. Boren Fellows must remain matriculated  in their graduate programs for the duration of the fellowship and may not graduate  until the fellowship is complete.
  • Proposing 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. Domestic language study can only be proposed as a supplement to an overseas program.
The terms of the award are the following:
  • Boren Fellowship awards are made for a minimum of 12 weeks and maximum of 24 months. Overseas programs can be no longer than one year.
  • All overseas study must be a minimum of 12 weeks.
  • Boren Fellows must make a commitment to work in the federal government in a position with national security responsibilities for a minimum of one year, beginning within two years of graduation.
For more information contact:

Agency:  Susan Sharp, Boren Fellowships, at (202.326.7711)
UChicago: Jessica Smith, GSA, at (773.834.7378)

Application Information:

Please visit for application. Deadline for application is January 31, 2013 at 5pm ET.

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