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National Security Education Program is glad to announce its Boren Fellowships for African Students.

Boren Fellowships is an initiative of the National Security Education Program, which provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. graduate students to study less popular languages which are taught  in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and these countries are  underrepresented  including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

Someone May be asking , WHAT IS A FELLOWSHIP??

If my guess is as good as yours then you are on the right track.

Fellowship from my understanding  are some of those programs meant to support a range of activities including graduate study in a specific field, research to advance work on a particular issue or subject matter. which this Boren fellowiship is bringing to the table, you want to be a Boren Fellow? here is the catch…

Boren Fellows represent a number of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, these  Boren Fellows commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

Trust me these opportunities don’t come by easily especially if its a fellowship for Africans.   Reason being that they are  highly competitive.

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ABOUT BOREN AWARDS | Boren Awards for International Study

Boren Awards for International Study are Scholarships and Fellowships focusing on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are important to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad.

Yes! i know we are talking about the fellowship , but what kind of a person will i be if i dont give you a glimpse of other opportunities for international student like you may find interesting.

What are Boren Scholarships?

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are important to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad.

What are Boren Fellowships?

Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to enable them  add an important component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency.

Boren Fellowships support overseas study and research in areas of the world that are important to U.S. .

We understand now that the Boren Awards are for both UNDERGRADUATES AND GRADUATES therefore everyone have an opportunity to become a Boren Scholar or fellow.

Where do Scholars & Fellows study?

A Boren Scholars and Fellows can study anywhere in  the world which may include  Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are not included..

Do you know that Boren Scholars and Fellows are from  different academic and professional disciplines, but are more intune in studying those less commonly taught languages,  but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili.

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are financed  by he National Security Education Program which points  on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed important to U.S. national security.

The National Security Education Program draws an elaborate  definition of the national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.

What You Need To Know About Boren Fellowships for African Students

Boren Fellowships provide graduate students who are U.S. citizens, both at the master’s and the doctoral level, with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation, in exchange for their commitment to seek work in the federal government.

Award Amounts

Boren Fellowships provide up to $24,000 for overseas study.

In addition, Boren Fellowships can provide limited funding for domestic language study that will supplement the overseas component. The maximum award for a combined overseas and domestic program is $30,000.

Boren Awards Length of Study

Boren Fellowships are made to last  for a minimum of 12 weeks for overseas study and a maximum of one year overseas. Boren-funded programs can begin no earlier than June 1, 2018 and no later than March 1, 2019.

Boren Fellowships promote long term linguistic and cultural immersion.

But more attention  will be given to applicants who are proposing overseas programs of 6 months or longer.

However, those proposing overseas programs of 3-6 months, especially those in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields are really encouraged to apply for this is the type of programs that will affect the life of the people positively.

How do i know the Right Boren Program Preference?

Boren Fellowships are awarded with preference for countries, languages, and fields of study critical to U.S. national security.

Preference is also given to students who will study abroad for longer periods of time, and who are highly motivated by the opportunity to work in the federal government.

As we cannot list all countries, languages, and fields that are critical to U.S. national security, we are interested in applications that fall outside the preferences, if the candidate can make a compelling case that such study can contribute significantly to U.S. national security and the goals of the program.

For more information, please visit, what makes a competitive Boren Fellowship application.

Government Service

In exchange for fellowship funding, all Boren Fellows must agree to the NSEP Service Requirement.

BOREN FELLOWSHIP – HOW TO APPLY

Starting an Application

  • Proceed to the online application login and click on “Register New User.”
  • After you enter your email address and a password, the system will email you a verification code. You will need to check your email for the verification code.
  • After entering the verification code, you will use your userID and password to sign in.

Application System Tips

  • The Boren Fellowship application includes six sections, as well as a letter of recommendation section, review application, application summary, and submit application.
  • To view the entire application in order, click through the “next” buttons at the bottom of each page.
  • You may only use the right navigation to skip from section to section once you have saved at least one field in a particular section. The save button is in the upper right hand corner of the application. Therefore, you may find it in your interest to use the right hand navigation after doing this for each section. You can always change your response later.
  • The application will save whenever you click either “next” or “save,” or when you move to another section of the application.

Application Sections

Eligibility and Basic Information

You must respond to the questions in this section in order to proceed with the application. You may edit them later.

  • U.S. citizen – Only U.S. citizens are eligible for the fellowship.
  • Level of Study as of application deadline – If you will not be in a graduate program as of the application deadline, choose “graduating senior” or “not currently enrolled.” If you will be in a graduate program, choose “doctoral degree” or “master’s degree.”
  • Graduate Institution as of application deadline – Only for applicants who will be in graduate school as of the application deadline.
  • I will be matriculated in a U.S. college or university by my proposed Boren Fellowship start date – Only for applicants who are currently graduating seniors or not enrolled. Matriculation is required in order to accept the award.
  • Proposed Country of Study – Choose a country of study at this time. You may always return to change it.
  • Name – Enter your complete and legal name.

Personal and Contact Information

  • Current Address – Enter your complete current address and phone number.
  • Permanent Address – Enter the address and phone number where you can be reached when you are not at college.
  • Email Address – Enter the email where you would like Boren to contact you.
  • Date of Birth
  • Congressional Voting State – Enter the state where you are registered to vote and/or would vote should there be an election.
  • Congressional Voting District – See www.house.gov, if you do not know.
  • Gender – This question is voluntary. Leaving this question blank will not affect your application.
  • Race/Ethnic Origin – This question is voluntary. Leaving this question blank will not affect your application.

Educational Background

  • If you chose doctoral degree or master’s degree, as your level of study as of application deadline.
    • Graduate Institution – This will autopopulate. Should you need to change it, return to “eligibility and basic information?”
    • Date Attended From
    • Expected Degree Date – Should you win the scholarship; your degree date must be after the completion of the Boren-funded program.
    • Degree – Choose the appropriate degree
    • Major or Academic Discipline – Choose the option closest to your own.
    • GPA – As defined by your institution.
    • Maximum GPA – As defined by your institution.
    • Transcript Upload – You must include a valid transcript for your current institution. You may upload your transcript before submission or you or your campus representative may do so after you submit the application. In both cases it must be before the national application deadline.
  • If you chose not currently enrolled or graduating senior as your level of study as of application deadline.
    • Number of graduate institutions to which you are applying – Choose up to 5. If you are applying to more than 5, choose the 5 most likely.
    • Degree to Pursue in graduate school – Choose the appropriate degree.
    • Major or academic discipline to pursue in graduate school – Choose the option closest to your own.
  • Undergraduate Institution and Previous Institutions
    • Choose the institution where you obtained or are obtaining your bachelor degree.
    • Date Attended From
    • Date/Expected Date Attended To
    • Degree – Choose the appropriate degree.
    • Major or Academic Discipline – Choose the major or academic discipline closest to your own.
    • GPA – As defined by your institution.
    • Maximum GPA – As defined by your institution.
    • Transcript Upload – You must include a valid transcript for your undergraduate institution. You may upload your transcript before submission or you or your campus representative may do so after you submit the application. In both cases it must be before the national application deadline.
    • Previous Institutions – You may list up to two additional previous colleges or universities where you have pursued or obtained a degree. If you have attended additional institutions, list the two with the most coursework. All fields are the same as those for the undergraduate institution, including the required transcripts.

Overseas Experience/Relevant Activities/Awards

  • Previous Overseas Experience – Enter up to three countries where you have lived, traveled, or studied. Should you have more than three, enter the most relevant. Should you have no previous experience, choose zero.
  • Relevant Employment History – Enter up to three relevant jobs. If you do not have relevant employment experience, choose zero.
  • Relevant Activities – Enter up to three relevant activities. If you do not have any, choose zero.
  • Honors and Awards – Enter up to five relevant honors or awards. If you do not have any, choose zero.

Program Information and Budget

  • Study Plan Summary – Briefly address your study plan, including your plan for language study, keeping in mind that you will expand upon this in essay two. (limited to 900 characters)
  • Country – This is auto populated from “eligibility and basic information.” Should you need to change it, return to that section.
  • Additional Country – Multi-country studies must be well justified. Most Boren recipients study in one country.
  • Language – The language of study should be appropriate for the country of study.
    Note: If you are planning to participate in the African Flagship Languages Initiative, Indonesian Flagship Languages Initiative, or South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative, you will be asked to identify yourself in the application.
  • Additional Language – Most Boren recipients study one language. You must continue to focus on the primary language for the whole program.
  • Type of Overseas Program – Choose the type(s) of programs for your proposed program, keeping in mind that language study is required.
  • Proposed Overseas Affiliation Types – Choose the type(s) of overseas institutions for your proposed program.
  • Primary Proposed Overseas Affiliation Name – Choose your affiliation. If not listed, choose other, and you will be asked to enter the affiliation name.
  • Additional Proposed Overseas Affiliation(s) – If you will have multiple affiliations, enter the additional names.
  • Letter of Affiliation – If you have a letter, upload it here. You can also combine multiple letters, if need be. This is not required at the time of application.
  • Program Composition – If you are requesting funding for a domestic summer program, choose “overseas/domestic.” Otherwise, choose “overseas.”
  • Summer Domestic Program Start Date – Only for “overseas/domestic” composition. Must be the summer prior to the overseas program.
  • Overseas Program Start Date – Enter the date you will begin your proposed program.
  • Overseas Program End Date – Enter the date you will end your proposed program.
  • Overseas Budget – Provide an estimated budget and description of each item, based on the costs of your overseas program. For further guidelines please see the budget guidelines page.
  • Domestic Budget – If relevant, enter the cost of your domestic summer program. Review the budget guidelines, as the funding options are very limited.

Language Self-Assessment

  • Native Language – Choose your native language.
  • Primary Language for Boren Award – This will auto popoulate from the study abroad program section.
  • Numbers of years studied or spoken – Enter the number of years you have studied or spoken the Boren language.
  • Evaluate your language ability in five modalities. See the language self-assessment guide for an explanation of the drop-down choices.
  • Complete the same information for up to four additional languages you have studied or spoken.

Career Plans and Additional Information

  • Career Plans – Choose your career plans upon finishing your education.
  • List any descriptive information about the previous response.
  • Have you applied to other scholarships or fellowship for your overseas study? If so, list up to 5 – The answer to this question does not impact your Boren application review.
  • How did you learn about the Boren Awards? – Choose the most relevant answer.
  • Have you participated in, or been awarded, one of the following Defense Language and National Security Education Office Initiatives – Check the box if so.
  • Are you a veteran of the U.S. armed services – Choose yes or no
  • Have you participated in ROTC – Choose yes or no. If you have, you will be asked if you are currently in ROTC.

Essays

  • The application includes two essays, the first of which is a maximum of 800 words and the second of which is a maximum of 1,000 words.

Submission Agreement

  • Please read and agree to the statement by clicking the box. In order to actually submit the application, you must agree to this statement. Please Note: This does not submit your application. First, you will be asked to complete references, review your application, and click the final submit button.

Recommendations

  • The Boren Fellowship application requires three letters of recommendation. In addition, you may include a recommender for the optional language proficiency form.
  • For more information visit letters of recommendation and language proficiency evaluation.
  • You will automatically see three spaces to enter your required recommenders. As soon as you click “save” your recommender will get an automatically generated email from the system, so we recommend that you talk to him/her before doing so. You may click on the envelope icon if you need to send your recommender his or her login information again.
  • Optional language proficiency reference
    • To enter a recommender for the language proficiency form, click “add an optional recommendation” and make sure you enter that recommender’s information where it says recommendation type “language proficiency.” The language proficiency form DOES NOT count as one of your required recommendations.
  • At any point, you may login into the system to see if the letters and language proficiency form are submitted. In addition, you may click on the envelope icon if you need to send your recommender his or her login information again.

Review Application

  • This section allows you to see what fields are missing, blank or not filled out correctly. If any required fields are missing, there will be a link to take you the part of the application to fix the information.

Application Summary

  • This section allows you to view all parts of the application that you have entered, with the exception of the letters of reference.

Submit Application

  • When your application is complete, click on “submit application.

Application Deadline

The Boren Fellowship national application deadline is January 30, 2019. Please see your campus representative for your earlier on-campus deadline.

Boren Fellowship applicants will be notified of their status in mid-late April.

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