The Graduate School wishes to congratulate the following recipients of the 2017 Boren Graduate Fellowship:

  • Kimberly Agarth (MA student in Asian Studies): Mandarin, China
  • Sarah Barth (MA student in Security Studies): Russian, Latvia
  • Joseph Fahimi (MS student in Foreign Service): Urdu, India
  • Yasmin Faruki (MA student in Security Studies): Arabic, Jordan
  • Brian Kerr (MS student in Foreign Service): Russian and Ukrainian, Ukraine

  • Ryan Knight (MA student in Conflict Resolution): Russian and Ukrainian, Ukraine

  • Matthew La Lime (PhD student in History): Fula, Guinea

  • James Lowe (MA student in Asian Studies): Mandarin, Taiwan*

  • Emily Walton (MA student in Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies): Russian, Latvia

*Student declined award

The National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships offer study abroad opportunities for graduate students interested in geographic areas, languages, and other fields of study underrepresented in study abroad and  critical to U.S. national security broadly defined. Students propose their own study plans; areas of study include Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.  Boren Fellows must commit to at least one year of federal government service following graduation from their program of study; see Service Examples for further information. Preference is given to students seeking one full year of academic study.


  • U.S. citizens at the time of application;

  • Currently matriculated or applying to a U.S. graduate program;

  • Study or research abroad in any one or more eligible countries and languages;

  • Commit to at least one year of federal government service (Departments of State, Defense, or Homeland Security or within the Intelligence community) within two years of graduation. See "Service Requirement FAQ's" for further information.


  • Up to $24,000/year or $12,000/semester for overseas study;
  • Up to $30,000 for a combined domestic and overseas study.


  • Minimum of 12 weeks for overseas study with preference given to programs of 6-12 months in duration;
  • Maximum of 2 years for a combined domestic and overseas study;
  • Overseas study can begin no earlier than June 1, 2017 and no later than March 2, 2018.


  • African Flagship Languages Intitiative (AFLI): offers applicants the opportunity to study African languages and cultures by participating in domestic and overseas language programs. Language study in French, Portuguese or Swahili is required through formal enrollment in the fall 2016 program administered by American Councils for International Education; study in Akan/Twi, Wolof or Zulu through an abroad study program proposed by the applicant. See the AFLI page for full details.
  • South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative (SAFLI): offers applicants the opportunity to intensively study Hindi or Urdu through a domestic summer program and overseas fall program. The overseas programs will take place at the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) centers in Jaipur for Hindi and Lucknow for Urdu; the domestic program will be at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.  See the SAFLI page for full details.


Applicants should thoroughly review the application instructions before they begin designing their individual program of study. In addition to meeting the criteria of "critical to US national security," the proposed program also should include study of a foreign language of the chosen country or region; domestic language study in conjunction with abroad study or research also possible under the "combined" award type. The following components comprise the application:

Graduate students in underrepresented professional degree programs such as Business Administration, Law, and Medicine/Public Health are especially encouraged to apply.

All students considering an application or looking to apply for a Boren Graduate Fellowship are strongly encouraged to contact Maria Snyder, Campus Representative for the Boren Graduate Fellowship Program, for guidance with the application. Students can also participate in webinars and review current and former Boren Fellows' profiles to ascertain appropriateness of plan of study or research topic.

DEADLINE: January 31, 2017