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Boren Fellowship

Campus Deadline Disciplines Purpose Open To Eligibility Endorsement Required
December 29 Humanities, Social Sciences Funds study abroad by U.S. graduate students in world regions critical to U.S. interests. This fellowship requires a language component. Graduate students U.S. citizen or permanent resident, 3.3+ GPA, Yes

The Boren Fellowship funds study abroad by U.S. graduate students in world regions critical to U.S. interests. This fellowship requires a language component.

There is an internal application process for this fellowship and the deadline is December 29. To apply contact the DSAO Office at and complete an Intent to Apply Form. For more information visit:

To be eligible, a student must:

  • Have demonstrated superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement and personal promise during his or her graduate career.
  • Be a college junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree during the academic year. “Junior” means a student who plans to continue full-time graduate study and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree between December and August.
  • Plan to enter a master’s or doctoral program in the arts, humanities or social sciences. Students in the social sciences who plan to pursue graduate study in neuroscience should not apply for a Beinecke Fellowship.
  • Be a United States citizen or a United States national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
  • Have a documented history of receiving need-based financial aid during his or her graduate years. Primary evidence of meeting this criterion is a student’s history of receiving need-based institutional, state or federal grants-in-aid. An institutional financial aid officer will be required to complete a Financial Data Sheet certifying that the student meets this criterion. During the selection process, the amount of financial need will be one of the factors considered with preference being given to candidates for whom the awarding of a fellowship would significantly increase the likelihood of the student’s being able to attend graduate school.

The Boren Fellowship requires an institutional endorsement. If you intend to apply, make sure you know the MSU internal competition deadline- Dec. 29th.

How to Apply

  1. Review the Boren website to make sure you are eligible
  2. Complete the DSAO Intent to Apply Form at toget on our list of applicants.
  3. Email to along with your resume and possible dates/times to meet with an advisor.
  4. Format resume using the DSAO resume template
  5. Make sure your resume emphasizes your research and creative work. Send it to the DSA office for feedback


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Joseph Ahonen

Boren Fellowship
Declined - 2008-2009

David Baylis

David Baylis

Boren Fellowship
Declined - 2010-2011

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Kelley Cormier

Boren Fellowship
Awarded - 1999-2000

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Scott Harold

Boren Fellowship
Awarded - 2002-2003

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Paul Tanner

Boren Fellowship
Awarded - 2008-2009
For a complete list of all awardees, including Honorable Mentions and Finalists, see All Awardees.
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