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Boren Fellowship


Deadline: January 28, 2014

The National Security Agency Boren L. Graduate Fellowship funds international research, cultural study and language acquisition for those simultaneously enrolled in a US graduate program for areas of the world of interest to US national security. It does not provides funds for the graduate program itself.

The fellowship can be applied to both domestic and international programs, and can be renewed for up to a cumulative total of $30,000.

The NSEP service requirement stipulates that an award recipient work for at least one year after graduation in the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, State, or the Intelligence Community.

Eligibility and Qualifications

  • Applicants must be in an accredited graduate program or in the process of applying.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals.
  • Applicants must choose a country and a course of study that are critically important to their academic field of study, their career objectives, and U.S. national security.
  • High grades and a sufficiently strong curriculum to gain attendance to a first-rate graduation institution are required.

Application Procedures and Selection Criteria

  • Boren Fellowship application
  • Program proposal and budget
  • Official undergraduate transcript
  • Official graduate transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation


Applications must be submitted online and supplementary materials arrive at IIE by January 28, 2014. Fellowships are announced in early May.


Cheryl Shipman
Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships
3601 Locust Walk, The ARCH
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: 215-746-6488
Fax: 215-573-4869

The Boren Scholarships are available for undergraduates. Apply through Penn’s Office of International Programs.

External website

Boren Fellowship
Office of International Programs

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