For U.S. students considering study abroad in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, or Eastern Europe/Russia during academic year 2011-12, the Boren Awards program is good news. Boren undergraduate scholarships fund study abroad program expenses (including tuition, living expenses, and travel) up to $10,000 per semester or $20,000 for the academic year. Designed to support study in geographic regions and languages deemed critical to U.S. interests, Boren awards complement rather than replace existing funding. For a quick overview of target countries, languages and eligibility guidelines, see http://www.borenawards.org/boren_scholarship/basics.html
Preference is given to students “highly motivated by the opportunity to work in federal government.” After finishing their degree programs, funded students must fulfill a one-year service requirement working within the federal government in an area related to national security, which is broadly defined to include sustainable development, population growth and migration, international trade, global disease, and other challenges beyond traditional national security areas. In many cases, the service-requirement becomes an actual entry-level position within the government, thus fast-tracking the applicant’s professional career goals.
The following SU Abroad Center and World Partner Programs are eligible for Boren funding:
SU World Partner Programs:
SU applicants may also request SU approval for other study abroad programs that meet professional and academic goals consistent with the Boren Awards program.
Boren Awards up to $30,000 for Graduate Research and Language Study
Boren Fellowships for graduate student research projects and language study are also available, with support up to $30,000 for 24 months. For graduate fellowship eligibility and guidelines, see http://www.borenawards.org/boren_fellowship
Deadlines and application requirements:
*Boren undergraduate applicants must submit applications to Dr. D'Amico by January 15, 2011.
*The final national application deadline for Boren undergraduate scholarships is Feb. 10, 2011.
The national application deadline for Boren graduate fellowships is Feb. 1, 2011.
Graduate and undergraduate students should apply online for Boren awards at http://www.borenawards.org/apply_now.html.
SU campus resources/Boren representatives:
Boren undergraduate campus representative: Dr. Francine D’Amico, International Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org
For information about SU Abroad World Partner Programs, contact Ginny Pellam-Montalbano at email@example.com.
For requests about enrolling in non-SU study abroad programs for Boren awards, contact SU Abroad Director of Programs Sue Shane at firstname.lastname@example.org.