UW Graduate School

David L. Boren Graduate Fellowship

UW Campus Deadline: Jan. 8, 2018, 11:59 p.m. (PST)

National Deadline: Jan. 30, 2018, 2 p.m. (PST)

David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and regions that are underrepresented in study abroad programs, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are excluded.

Boren fellows represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren fellows commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

The fellowships provide up to $24,000 for overseas study. In addition, Boren Fellowships can provide limited funding for domestic language study to supplement the overseas component. The maximum award for a combined overseas and domestic program is $30,000.

Information sessions

In Person Sessions:
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, 4 p.m., Mary Gates Hall 171
Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, 4 p.m., Mary Gates Hall 171
Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, 1:30 p.m., Mary Gates Hall 173R
Register for an information session >

Webinars:
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2017, 4:30 p.m.
Register for the Oct. 24 webinar >

Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, noon
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Eligibility

Boren Fellowships are for graduate students. You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • A U.S. citizen at the time of application.
  • Either matriculated in or applying to a graduate degree program at an accredited college or university in 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.
  • Planning 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. 

Application process

The application can now be completed online; be sure to select the University of Washington as your current institution. Applicants from the UW are not required but highly encouraged to submit application materials by the earlier campus deadline (see deadline above) and complete an in-person interview with a campus committee in January. Following the interview, applicants will have the opportunity to make revisions based on committee feedback before final applications are submitted to the national committee. The interview process is solely intended to provide applicants with additional support prior to submission.

Apply for the Boren Fellowship online >

Materials and resources

Questions?

Michelle Drapek in the Office of Fellowships and Awards can assist you with general questions or application support: gradappt@uw.edu or 206.543.7152.