Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study abroad in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.
Opportunity Type: Language Training
The CBYX program annually provides yearlong fellowships covering two months of intensive German language training, a semester of study at German University or University of Applied Sciences, a five-month internship with a German company in the participant’s career field, housing, transatlantic airfare, health insurance, and a monthly stipend for living expenses.
A program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offers intensive overseas summer language institutes in thirteen critical foreign languages.
The John M. Evans Fund for International Experiences, established in 2010 under the leadership of William M. Webster IV ’79 on behalf of himself and other alumni and friends of John M. Evans, is a permanently endowed fund at Washington and Lee University dedicated to encouraging and enabling W&L students to take advantage of international experiences regardless of financial circumstances. Enhanced international opportunities could include but not be limited to study abroad, formal exchange programs, international internships, faculty-mentored student research abroad, a Spring Term course abroad and multiple international experiences that build upon themselves and offer a coherent sequence.
The NSEP African Languages Initiative (AFLI) offers Boren Scholarship and Fellowship applicants the opportunity to study African languages and cultures by participating in domestic and overseas language programs in one of the following languages:
Project GO (Global Officers) provides scholarships to ROTC students in three services for critical languages study domestically and abroad. Project GO, originally titled the ROTC Language and Culture Project, is a Department of Defense initiative aimed at improving the language skills, regional expertise, and intercultural communication skills of future military officers. Administered by the Institute of International Education on behalf of the Defense Language and National Security Education Office, Project GO provides institutional grants to 25 U.S. universities across the country, including five of the six Senior Military Colleges. Working in support of Army, Air Force, and Navy ROTC strategies and policies, Project GO facilitates collaborative efforts among universities and between universities and ROTC leadership.
SEASSI is an eight-week intensive language training program for undergraduates, graduate students and professionals hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Instruction is offered for academic credit in the following eight languages at the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year levels.