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National Security Education Program David L. Boren Fellowships

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(1) To equip Americans with an understanding of less commonly taught languages and cultures; (2) to build a critical base of future leaders both in the marketplace and in government service; (3) to develop a cadre of professionals with more than the traditional knowledge of language and culture; and (4) to enhance institutional capacity and increase the number of faculty who can educate U.S. citizens toward achieving these goals.

Funding obligations:

FY 07 est $2,000,000; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.

Uses and Use Restrictions:

Fellowship awards are made to degree-seeking graduate-level U.S. citizens who are enrolled in academic and professional programs at a U.S. institution of higher education to study in critical world areas. All Boren Fellowship recipients agree to seek employment with the U.S. federal government, and serve for a period of time equal to the length of the award but no less than one year.

Examples of Funded Projects:

A Ph.D. candidate researching infectious diseases in Malaysia, while studying Malay; a Master's degree student learning Russian and studying Russian environmental policy and business developments; a Ph.D. student researching nationalist movements in the former Soviet Union, studying both Turkish and Uzbek; a Master's degree student studying both Mandarin and Cantonese while researching U.S. business firms hoping to establish competitive trade platforms in the Far East; and a Ph.D. student reviewing Japan's foreign aid policy towards Africa, while studying Japanese.

Program Accomplishments:

Since 1996, NSEP has awarded over 1100 Boren Fellowships to U.S. citizens from all 50 States and the District of Columbia. These fellowships have enabled study of over 91 less-commonly taught languages in 105 less-commonly studied countries and world regions.

Types of Assistance:

Project Grants (Fellowships).

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:

Up to $24,000 for overseas study, and up to $12,000 for domestic study for a maximum of up to $30,000. Average awards are approximately $20,000 per fellow. If only requesting funding for overseas study, it must be at least two semesters in duration. If including a domestic study component, the overseas portion of the funding request must be higher.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:

Eligible students may receive a fellowship from NSEP to study for no less than one academic semester and no more than 12 months overseas, and up to 4 semesters domestically. Domestic study is not a required application component to receive funding. Domestic study is limited to language or area studies that enhance a degree program. Total maximum duration is two years.

Applicant Eligibility:

Any U.S. citizen enrolled in an accredited public or private U.S. institution of higher education (defined in Section 1201(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, 20 U.S.C. 1141(a)) is eligible to apply for a graduate fellowship. Students enrolled in Federal government schools are not eligible.

Beneficiary Eligibility:

U.S. students enrolled in public or private accredited U.S. institutions of higher education.

Award Procedure:

Award decisions will be based on a competitive selection of proposals resulting from an independent merit review.

Contact Info for Headquarters Office:

Dr. Kevin Gormley, Department of Defense, National Security Education Program, Rosslyn P.O. Box 20010, 1101 Wilson Blvd, Suite 1210, Arlington, VA 22209-2248. Telephone: (703)696-1991, E-Mail Address: or Mr. Christopher Powers, Institute of International Education, NSEP David L. Boren Fellowship Program, 1400 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005-2403. Telephone: (800)618-6737, E-mail Address:

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