The goal of Boren Scholarships and Fellowships is to give students the chance to learn about languages in other parts of the world. These little known scholarships and fellowships are offered to both graduate and undergraduate students. The program is designed to focus on those areas where the languages are going to help with National security and other elements. The ability to speak a foreign language can open up plenty of jobs for someone around the world.
The Boren scholarships are offered to undergraduate students and the fellowships are reserved for graduate students. With either program, the recipients get the opportunity to study language in one of many different countries. The goal is to create a structure that allows for effective communication to take place around the world. While learning the new language, students also get a first hand chance to evaluate and be part of the culture in that country. Such an experience is very different than just reading about a culture in books.
To apply for the Boren scholarships for language studies an individual must be a US citizen at the time of their application. They must have a high school diploma or GED. They must be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate degree program in the USA. They can’t graduate until the language scholarship has been completed. They must apply to and be accepted to a program of study outside of the USA.
The amount of each obscure language scholarship is up to $20,000 to pay for the cost of learning in one of the designated countries. The goal is to expand the number of people in the USA that are able to understand languages that aren’t as popular as others. These languages include Arabic, Russian, and Swahili.
The amount of each fellowship is up to $30,000 to pay for the cost of learning or expanding knowledge of a particular language. Some of the counties offered include Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. The goal is for these languages to help reduce the challenges on global levels including economics and politics due to the barriers different languages can present.
Both offer an amazing opportunity to learn a new language and to become a part of a solution for breaking down global barriers. Those accepted will be determined based on their accomplishments academically, their contributions to the community, and their outlook about reaching out to new communities and cultures.
David L. Boren is the creator of these language scholarships and fellowships. The reason it was implemented was to offer the USA more individuals that have the abilities to speak various languages. Their contributions can help to properly represent countries that have been neglected in the past in terms of USA students studying in such locations. The partnerships that have been created with other countries through the Boren programs is exceptional and continues to grow all the time.
Through the Institute of International Education, the Boren scholarships and fellowships are administered. Each year over 18,000 students get the opportunity to study in another country and to learn their language and culture. As a result all citizens of the USA benefit due to the International competency that is being created. There are many jobs with the USA government and private businesses that a person can qualify for due to being fluent in a particular language.
The application deadline for Boren Scholarships and Fellowships is the last day of January for fellowships and February 9th for these unknown scholarships. No late applications will be reviewed so it is very important to make sure they are done on time. Applications can be completed online. A confirmation email will be sent once the application has been received.