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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 for Language study (required), research, or internship in 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 information on federal careers for further information. Preference is given to students seeking one full year of academic study.

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Workshops and Information Sessions

Fall 2020 Boren Fellowship Writing Workshop
Date: Thursday, October 8 from 12:30-1:30pm Eastern
Location: Zoom via the Boren Fellowship Canvas Course*

Boren Fellowship Application Office Hours
Tuesdays from 12:00-1:00pm
Location: Zoom via the Boren Fellowship Canvas Course*

*Not in the Boren Fellowship Canvas Course for Georgetown students applying to the Boren Fellowship? Email katie.li@georgetown.edu for access.

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Eligibility Anchor


  • U.S. citizens at the time of application;
  • Currently matriculated in or applying to a U.S. graduate program;
  • Study or research abroad (including internships, in conjunction with language study) 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 the Boren and Public Service page for further information;
  • Not have completed all degree requirements by the start of the fellowship period on June 1, 2021. Students are expected to return to complete coursework or other degree requirements following completion of the Boren fellowship.
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Award Types and Length of Study

Award Types

  • Up to $25,000/year or $12,500/semester for overseas study;
  • Up to $30,000 for a combined domestic and overseas study.

Length of Study

  • Minimum of 12 weeks for overseas study with preference given to programs of 6-12 months in duration;
  • Overseas study can begin no earlier than June 1, 2021 and no later than March 1, 2022.

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Regional Language Flagship Initiatives Anchor

Regional Language Flagship Initiatives

  • African Flagship Languages Initiative (AFLI): offers applicants the opportunity to study African languages and cultures by participating in domestic and overseas language programs. Language study in French or Swahili is required through formal enrollment in a designated provider; study in Akan/Twi, Wolof or Zulu is through an abroad study program proposed by the applicant. See the AFLI page for full details.
  • Indonesian Flagship Languages Initiative (IFLI): offers students the opportunity to pursue intensive study of Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia). This immersive program begins with an intensive summer domestic language institute at the University of Wisconsin, followed by a fall overseas program in Indonesia at the State University of Malang (UM) administered by the American Councils for International Education. See the IFLI 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.
  • Turkish Flagship Language Initiative (TURFLI): offers students the opportunity for intensive study of the Turkish language through a combination of domestic and overseas programs. The domestic summer portion of TURFLI is hosted by the University of Wisconsin in Madison. The overseas fall portion of TURFLI is adminstered by the American Councils for International Education and hosted by the Azerbaijan University of Languages. See the TURFLI page for full details.
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Application Process and Deadline

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 AdministrationEngineeringLaw, 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 Katie Li, Campus Representative for the Boren Graduate Fellowship Program, for guidance with the application. Students should also consult the applicant resources and review profiles of past Boren Fellows to ascertain appropriateness of plan of study or research topic.

DeadlineJanuary 27, 2021

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Recipients Anchor


2020-2021 Boren Graduate Fellowship Recipients:

Georgetown University is proud to be a top-performing institution for Boren Fellowships for the 2020-2021 award cycle. Congratulations to the following recipients!



  • Alexander Barker (Asian Studies): Japan
  • Carolyn Ebersole (Conflict Resolution): Taiwan
  • Kristyn Fudge (Security Studies): Senegal
  • Robert Kobza (Security Studies): Kyrgyzstan
  • Carl Lampe (Security Studies): Latvia
  • Salwa Saba (Foreign Service): China
  • Mary Sturgis (Foreign Service): Mozambique
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Past Recipients

2019-2020 Awardees:

  • Sylvia Amegashi (Foreign Service): Swahili, Tanzania
  • Michael Battalia (Foreign Service/History): Arabic, Jordan*
  • Alexander Begej (Security Studies): Ukraine, Russian
  • Caris Boegl (Arab Studies): Arabic, Jordan
  • Benjamin Henderson (Foreign Service): Portuguese, Brazil
  • Sanjay Iyer (Foreign Service): Hindi, India*
  • Shannon Kearney (Asian Studies): Japanese, Japan
  • Daniel Keifer (Global, International & Comparative History): Russian, Kazakhstan
  • Alexandra Machetanz (Development, Management and Policy): Portuguese, Mozambique
  • Abhishek Nanavati (History): Korean, Korea
  • Ashley Postler (Security Studies): Russian, Estonia
  • Elliot Silverberg (Asian Studies): Japanese, Japan
  • Benjamin Weinberg (Foreign Service): Portuguese, Brazil

2018-2019 Awardees:

  • Bryce Aspelund (Security Studies): Russian, Belarus
  • Jason Bartlett (Asian Studies): Korean, South Korea
  • Jodi Brignola (Security Studies): Arabic, Jordan
  • Flora Campbell (Security Studies): Arabic, Jordan 
  • Alexander Decina (Conflict Resolution): Arabic, Jordan 
  • Samuel Frost (Asian Studies): Mandarian, Taiwan 
  • Nathan Gwira (Security Studies): Mandarin, China
  • Sanjay Iyer (Foreign Service): SAFLI, India*
  • Margaret Morton (Communication, Culture, & Technology): Japanese, Japan*
  • Fatima Salman (Foreign Service): SAFLI, India 
  • Andrew Sobotka (Foreign Service): Polish, Poland 
  • Sonia Su (Asian Studies): Mandarin, Taiwan

2017-2018 Awardees:

  • Kimberly Agarth (Asian Studies): Mandarin, China
  • Sarah Barth (Security Studies): Russian, Latvia
  • Joseph Fahimi (Foreign Service): Urdu, India
  • Yasmin Faruki (Security Studies): Arabic, Jordan
  • Brian Kerr (Foreign Service): Russian and Ukrainian, Ukraine
  • Ryan Knight (Conflict Resolution): Russian and Ukrainian, Ukraine
  • Matthew La Lime (History): Fula, Guinea
  • James Lowe (Asian Studies): Mandarin, Taiwan*
  • Emily Walton (Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies): Russian, Latvia​

2016-2017 Awardees:

  • (Casey) Kathleen Bahr (Arab Studies): Arabic, Jordan
  • Brian Bumpas (Asian Studies): Mandarin, China
  • John Ellington (Security Studies): Persian, Tajikistan
  • Melodie Ha (Security Studies): Mandarin, China
  • Brian Moore (Asian Studies): Mandarin, China* 
  • Sarah Moore (Asian Studies): Mandarin, China
  • Brian Papke (Security Studies): Arabic, Jordan 
  • Taylor Wettach (Foreign Service): Japanese, Japan*
  • Sean Yu (Asian Studies): Mandarin, China

2015-2016 Awardees:

  • Matthew Anderson (Theology): Arabic, Jordan
  • James Batchelder (Conflict Resolution): Urdu, India
  • Andrew Chapman (Asian Studies): Japanese, Japan*
  • Lara Crouch (Asian Studies): Mandarin, China
  • Denise Elizabeth Der (Security Studies): Mandarin, China*
  • Michelle Lillie (Security Studies): Portuguese, Brazil
  • Martin Seitz (Foreign Service): Korean, S. Korea
  • Elizabeth Teoman (Security Studies): Turkish, Turkey
  • Audrey Waldrop (Conflict Resolution): Arabic, Jordan
  • Sophia Zhang (Asian Studies): Japanese, Japan

*Student declined award