Applicants must have an interest in studying in countries that are important to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Students must also agree to work for the U.S. government for one year following graduation.
The fellowships last anywhere from 12 weeks up to 24 months. Preference is given to students who are interested in being in the program for 6 months or longer. Ideal candidates will also have a strong desire for a career in the federal government.
The fellowship is offered through the National Security Education Program (NSEP). The program has awarded over 1,600 Boren Fellowships to degree-seeking masters and doctoral students since 1994. NSEP was established by the National Security Education Act of 1991. It's purpose is to engage graduate students to lead in the education of U.S. citizens on the importance of economic competitiveness and international cooperation and security.
The deadline for this scholarship is usually in JANUARY of each year, and the award amount is usually $24,000.
For more details, visit www.borenawards.org/boren_fellowship/preferences.html