Fund Research & Language Study Overseas with the 2022 Boren Fellowships

Sep 03, 2021 • Views -

Sponsored by the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO)

Are you a master’s, PhD, or professional degree candidate looking to develop advanced proficiency in a critical foreign language, conduct research or pursue internships in another country, or obtain a competitive career in national security and international affairs? 

Graduate Boren Fellowships offer Master’s, PhD, and professional degree candidates up to $30,000 for language study and research projects in dozens of countries around the world. Applicants may request Boren Fellowships funding for self-designed study, or programs administered by their universities or overseas host institutions. Graduate students are also eligible to participate in one of the Boren Awards Flagship Language Initiatives:

  • The African Flagship Languages Initiative (AFLI) for the study of FrenchSwahiliAkan/TwiWolof, or Zulu
  • The Indonesian Flagship Language Initiative (IFLI) for the study of Indonesian
  • The South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative (SAFLI) for the study of Hindi or Urdu
  • The Turkish Flagship Language Initiative (TURFLI) for the study of Turkish

As a Boren Fellow, you have the opportunity to:


Boren Fellows study a wide range of critical languages, including Arabic, Hindi, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. Boren Awards are available to students of all proficiency levels who are committed to enhancing their skills. 


Boren Fellows from diverse fields of study immerse themselves in the cultures in world regions critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East


Boren Fellows have the option to pair their language study with self-designed research projects, academic study, or internships during their time abroad. 


Boren Fellows are committed to public service, applying their language skills, cultural knowledge, and academic credentials in careers critical to U.S. national security throughout the federal government, including the Departments of State, Defense, and Homeland Security, USAID, and the Intelligence Community. Program alumni are given preference when applying to many of the positions at these agencies.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and plan to be matriculated in a graduate degree program at the time they will be receiving the award.

2022 Boren Fellowships applications will be due on January 26, 2022. Start your application today at

(Undergraduates are encouraged to apply for Boren Scholarships, which provide up to $25,000 for overseas language study.)

Not ready to apply this year? Bookmark the Boren Fellowships to your ProFellow account.

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