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The Boren Awards

Badge recognizing American University as second nationally for Boren Fellows and Scholars

The undergraduate Boren Scholarship and the graduate Boren Fellowship provide unique funding opportunities to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. national security.

 The undergraduate scholarship typically provides $20,000 to defray the cost of studying abroad.  The graduate fellowship provides up to $30,000 in support of intensive language training as well as internships or research abroad.  Both undergraduate and graduate applicants can apply for unique Flagship Language Initiative programs to study French, Portuguese, Swahili, Urdu, Hindi, and Indonesian.  

American University is routinely a top producer of Boren Fellows and Scholars. Recent grantees have studied in Azerbaijan, Bosnia Herzegovina, Brazil, China, Estonia, Georgia, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Mozambique, Oman, Senegal, Serbia, South Korea, Taiwan, Tanzania, and Ukraine.  

2022 Boren Events

Undergraduate Info Sessions for Boren Scholarship (National deadline: February 1, 2023 at 5:00pm ET)

Boren Scholarship Getting Started | Wednesday Oct 19th at 12:30-1:30pm ET | Mary Graydon Center 200 

Boren Scholarship Getting Started | Thursday Oct 27th at 12:30-1:30pm ET | Zoom Link 

Graduate Info Sessions for Boren Fellowship (National deadline: January 25, 2023 at 5:00pm ET)

Boren Fellowship Getting Started | Wednesday, Oct 19th at 4:00-5:00pm ET | Zoom Link

Boren Fellowship Getting Started | Wednesday, Oct 26th at 4:00-5:00pm ET| Mary Graydon Center 200 

Boren Fellowship Budget | Wednesday, Oct 30, 4:00-5:00pm ET | Zoom Link

Email meritawards@american.edu for more information