Sponsoring Institution: (DLNSEO) Defense Language and National Education and Security Office
Type: Language scholarships
• U.S. citizens at the time of the national application deadline
• A high school graduate, or have earned a GED
• Min 18 years of age or older at the time of the national application deadline
• Planning an overseas program in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand
• Planning to study in a country of which they are not a citizen
• Matriculated for the duration of their Boren Awards-funded program in an undergraduate or graduate degree program located within the United States
• In addition to these basic eligibility criteria, the Boren Awards give preference to programs based on their duration, focus on intensive study of a preferred language in a preferred country, and the applicant’s field of study.
Application Deadline: end of January
Highlight: Interested in International Relations? Then you may want to consider a career in public service and work in government. If understanding other cultures and the idea of being multilingual fascinates you, even better! The Boren Language Scholarships provide students with all the financial support and preparation for future govt career placement that they will need! These are pretty large scholarships that aim to support specific areas of study, the acquisition of certain languages from certain countries and in programs of varying timeframes. It’s pretty much as simple as studying abroad in a different place to learn that language… with a few additional details. The good news is that receiving one of these linguistics scholarships has nothing to do with your current proficiency in said language, and only considers your determination to learn that language and your intention to apply it in a specific government department or initiative… What kinds of languages, you might ask? Well, African and Southeast Asian languages, as well as Turkish and Indonesian all have specific programs. Students can also just design their own program – the only pieces that are super important is that there is a significant language component to the study, and that the student is registered in a US postsecondary program during the scholarship or fellowship…it is worth noting that the overseas language program or course of study itself does NOT have to be accredited by the student’s US university. Undergraduate and graduate students are able to apply to this linguistics scholarship and the awards range from $8,000 for short term STEM student programs to $12,000 and $25,000 for longer programs. These scholarships are designed to help build better relations in sensitive regions of the world. So if you are interested in learning new languages and in building a career around building communications bridges, ask questions and then apply here to see a whole new world to help make a better one!