Boren Awards for International Study

graphic image of Boren Awards logoInfo session on Boren Awards for International Study planned for Nov. 21

Have you ever considered studying abroad somewhere outside of Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, or Canada? Are you interested in learning one of the more than 50 less commonly studied languages? Are you interested in public service?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you could be a strong candidate for a Boren Scholarship or Fellowship, which provides support for undergraduate and graduate students for study abroad in geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security.

Learn more about the Boren program at an informational meeting planned for 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 in Bernhard Center Room 211, which will be facilitated by a Boren representative. No registration is required.

Dr. Michelle Metro-Roland serves as Western Michigan University's Boren advisor and holds drop-in office hours from 1-3 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday each week in the Haenicke Institute for Global Education, located on the second floor of Ellsworth Hall. In order to have a competitive application, students must meet with Metro-Roland before starting the application, and are advised to begin the application process 2-4 months prior to the campus deadline, which typically lands in the first week of January. The 2014 campus deadline is January 6.

Undergraduates of any major are eligible to apply for a Boren Scholarship. The Boren Fellowship is a grant available to graduate students for self-designed programs, usually research, internships, or cultural and language instruction in countries that fit the same description as those allowed for the Boren Scholarship program. Recipients of both Boren awards are also required to spend a minimum of one year serving the federal government in a position related to national security following graduation.

To apply or for more information, write Dr. Michelle Metro-Roland or call (269) 387-5890.