NSEP David L. Boren Graduate Fellowship

The National Security Education Program David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships supports students pursuing graduate study who are interested in international relations as well as future careers in  goverment service.  This program wishes to attract students that are interested in geographic areas, languages, and other fields of study that are considered critical to national security.  These fellowships are awarded for a period of at least one semester and up to a maximum of two academic years.  For a combined overseas and domestic program, the maximum level of support is $30,000. 


  • 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, 2018. Students are expected to return to complete coursework or other degree requirements following completion of the Boren fellowship.

Application Process

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:

  • (2) Essays
  • Program Budget
  • (3) Letters of Recommendation and Optional Language Proficiency Evaluation
  • Transcripts – required from all schools or universities where a degree was pursued or obtained
  • Language Self-Assessment
  • Letter of overseas affiliation – encouraged but not required at time of application

Graduate students in underrepresented professional degree programs such as Business Administration, Engineering, Law, 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 Maria Snyder, Campus Representative for the Boren Graduate Fellowship Program, for guidance with the application. Students should also consult the applicant resources and review profiles of the 2017-18 Boren Fellows to ascertain appropriateness of plan of study or research topic.

Application Deadline:

January 2019

For more information, please contact gufa@georgetown.edu or visit this Fellowship website.