About the Program

The Boren was established by the National Security Education Act of 1991, which created the National Security Education Board, the National Security Education Program and a trust fund in the U.S. Treasury to provide resources for scholarships, fellowships and grants. It is guided by a mission that seeks to lead in development of the national capacity to educate U.S. Citizens, understand foreign cultures, strengthen U.S. Economic competitiveness and enhance international cooperation and security.

Boren Graduate International Fellowships offer you a unique opportunity to expand your understanding of countries and languages critical to U.S. national security.

Each year, the NSEP makes it possible for 90-100 graduate students to pursue the study of languages and cultures. If you are interested in studying areas of the world other than Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, the Boren Fellowship may offer you an important opportunity.


The NSEP welcomes applications from U.S. citizens enrolled in or applying to a graduate degree program in an accredited U.S. college ofuniversity located within the United States. Applicants design their own programs and may combine domestic language and cultural study with overseas study.

All fellowships must include formal study of a modern languages other than English and the study of an area and culture.

Campus Deadline

Mid-December; a university nomination is required.

Application Deadline

End of January.

Note: All students are encouraged to take full advantage of the resources and support available to you in the Fellowships Office, either at the undergraduate institution or the institution of your graduate study.

For more information, visit the Boren Fellowship website.