Boren Scholarships provide funding for US undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages critical to US interests. The length of the program ranges from 8 weeks to a full academic year. Boren recipients are committed to work in the federal government for at least one year.
Please note that all Boren Scholarship applicants must be in contact with the Boren Scholarship NYU Campus Representative well in advance of the final deadline so that the Campus Representative can both provide advice and have the time to produce a formal evaluation of all applications prior to the final deadline.
Nahyun Brianne Yoo (Japan, 2014-15):
Advice: Prepare as if you are going for a job interview before you speak with advisors on potential scholarship/fellowship opportunities. To prep these meetings, you need to have a deep understanding of not only on the scholarship/fellowship of your interest but also yourself. Have your strengths and weaknesses, personal, academic, and professional experience and skills, and goals clearly organized, all of which should be relevant to your scholarship/fellowship of interest. Once you have them under your belt in a succinct manner as if you are on a job interview, you can explain exactly where you are coming from and what you would like to achieve with this valuable opportunity.
K. Suzanne Hatcher (India, 2010-11):
Advice: APPLY. Seriously, take one night, sit down, and do it. Particularly for those who have been studying or are interested in languages that are less popular, but critical to the U.S. national interest, there are innumerable and life-changing opportunities out there, and not that many people applying for them. The year I applied for the Boren in Urdu, I was one of only a handful of applicants in the entire country. Yes, the process can seem arduous, and is probably designed that way to discourage large numbers of applicants; but one scholarship opportunity generally leads to another, and your life will then take unforeseen paths and possibilities.