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International Language Awards: Boren, CLS, and More!

CLS Deadline: November 23, 2015
Boren Campus Deadline: January 5, 2016

August 31, 2015

Are you interested in studying or becoming more proficient in a critical language such as Arabic, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, or Swahili ?
Learn more about the Boren Awards and Critical Language Scholarships - two great opportunities that support linguistic and cultural immersion for students of less-commonly taught languages!

  • Boren Awards fund undergraduate and graduate US citizens to study less commonly taught languages in world regions that are critical to U.S. national security. The awards promote long term cultural and linguistic immersion in countries in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Boren applicants should be highly motivated individuals interested in working in areas of U.S. national interest. Boren awardees commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.
  • The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) offers intensive summer language institutes in thirteen critical foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period and to apply their critical language skills in their future careers. To be eligible for the CLS, you must be a U.S. citizen, and enrolled in a degree-granting program at the time of application.

Think one of these awards might be for you? Make sure to check out:

For more information, contact fellowships@drexel.edu, stop by our Fellowships drop-in hours (Fridays 1-3pm), or sign-up for our Blackboard page.


Information Sessions

International Language Study Awards: Info Sessions

Learn about the Boren Awards, Critical Language Scholarship (CLS), and other awards that fund language learning abroad. Open to undergraduate and graduate students who are U.S. citizens.

Tuesday, September 29, 3PM
Hagerty Library, Room L-33

Thursday, October 15, 12:30 PM
Co-sponsored by the Department of Global Studies & Modern Languages
Stratton 260

Boren Awards Info Sessions

Learn about Boren program preferences, the campus application process, and how to craft your most competitive essays. Open to undergraduate and graduate students who are U.S. citizens.

Wednesday, October 22, 12-1PM
Featuring Sue Sharp, Assistant Director of Boren Scholarships & Fellowships
Honors Seminar Room, 5th Floor MacAlister.

Wednesday, November 4, 5:30PM (Webinar)
Link to participate in Boren webinar
Please register in advance.

Application Workshop
facilitated by Mr. Stuart Karaffa, NSEP Research Specialist
Thursday, November 19, 3-5 PM
Please research in advance.

Boren Awards Webinars
Boren Scholarships and Fellowships offer regular webinars for potential applicants and alumni.
Check the website for a full schedule and to register.

 

CLS Webinars

CLS offers regular webinars for potential applicants and alumni. Learn about  program preferences, the application process, and how to craft your most competitive essays. Open to undergraduate and graduate students who are U.S. citizens. Full schedule and details on the CLS program website.

Webinar for Groups Underrepresented In Study Abroad
October 21st, 2015 4PM EST
Registration Link
Recorded Version, available 24 hours after webinar date

Webinar for STEM Students
November 3rd, 2015 4PM EST
Registration Link

 Webinar for Students With Disabilities and Medical Concerns
November 5th, 2015 4 PM EST
Registration Link

 

Boren Awards for International Study

The Boren Awards, an initiative of the National Security Education Program (NSEP), fund undergraduate and graduate US citizens to study less commonly taught languages in world regions that are critical to U.S. national security and under-represented in study abroad. The awards promote long term cultural and linguistic immersion in countries in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Boren applicants should be highly motivated individuals with an interest in serving strategic US interests, including global challenges such as defense, sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness. In exchange for funding, Boren awardees commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.


Boren Scholarships (for Undergraduates)

Mandatory Campus deadline: January 5, 12PM (noon)
National deadline(s): February 6

The Boren Scholarships provides up to $10,000/semester for study abroad.  for a semester and $20,000 for a full academic year abroad. Awards are granted with preference for long-term study abroad, and less-common countries, languages, and fields of study critical to U.S. interests.

Applicants must select an appropriate study abroad program that incorporates opportunities to learn a language in a context that best meets your language neess and goals. Be sure to consult with the Drexel Study Abroad Office and/or your language instructor to find a program that meets your needs and  Boren's study abroad requirement. You may also need to work with an SCDC international coop advisor if you wish to add a language-intensive coop to your Boren proposal.

To be eligible, you must be:

  • A U.S. citizen at the time of application,
  • Enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in the US and remain enrolled for the duration of the scholarship, i.e. you may not graduate until the scholarship is complete.

Special initiatives for undergraduates

  • ROTC Initiative: special initiative for ROTC cadets and midshipmen.  ROTC participants are strong candidates because of their commitment to national security and government service. ROTC applicants must fulfill the same requirements as other Boren applicants and be in an inactive, non-drilling status during their Boren-funded overseas study.
  • STEM Initiative: provides up to $8000 for 8+ week summer programs for students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math fields.  
  • African Languages Flagship Initiative (AFLI) offers Boren applicants the opportunity to study African languages (Akan/Twi, Wolof, Zulu, French, Portuguese, Swahili) and cultures through domestic studies at the University of Florida, Gainesville during summer 2016 and the overseas programs for either fall 2016 or the academic year 2016-17.

  • South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative (SAFLI) offers Boren applicants the opportunity for intensive language study of Hindi and Urdu and cultural immersion by participating in domestic (summer) and overseas (fall) language programs.


Boren Fellowships (for Graduate Students)

Mandatory Campus deadline: January 5, 12PM (noon)
National deadline(s): January 28

Boren Fellows receive up to $24,000 for overseas study that is a minimum of 12 weeks and a maximum of one year. In addition, Boren Fellowships can provided limited funding for supplementary, domestic language study during the summer prior to going abroad, for a maximum combined award of $30,000. Plans of study of 6 months or longer are preferred; STEM applicants are encouraged to apply even for shorter periods (3-6 months). Awards granted with preference for countries, languages, and fields of study critical to U.S. national security.

Boren Fellowship applicants must include a serious language component in their proposals. Applicants can focus entirely on linguistic and cultural immersion, or combine it with additional academic coursework, research (either Master’s or PhD level), and/or an academic internship, based on your own academic interest. Learn more about the required plan of study.

To be eligible, you must be:

  • A U.S. citizen at the time of application,
  • Either enrolled in or applying to a graduate degree program in the US and remain enrolled for the duration of the fellowship, i.e. you may not graduate until the fellowship is complete.

Special initiatives for graduate students

  • African Languages Flagship Initiative (AFLI) offers Boren applicants the opportunity to study African languages (Akan/Twi, Wolof, Zulu, French, Portuguese, Swahili) and cultures through domestic studies at the University of Florida, Gainesville during summer 2016 and the overseas programs for either fall 2016 or the academic year 2016-17.

  • South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative (SAFLI) offers Boren applicants the opportunity for intensive language study of Hindi and Urdu and cultural immersion by participating in domestic (summer) and overseas (fall) language programs.

 


Critical Language Scholarship (CLS)

National Deadline: November 23

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) offers fully-funded, intensive summer language institutes in thirteen critical foreign languages. A program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, CLS is part of a U.S. government effort to dramatically expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages.  The program is open to American undergraduate and graduate students from diverse majors and fields. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period and to apply their critical language skills in their future careers.

The 14 CLS languages are:Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.
Most programs do not require any experience studying critical languages. The Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Japanese institutes have 1-2 year language prerequisites.

To be eligible, you must:

  • be a U.S. citizen
  • be currently enrolled in a U.S. degree-granting program at the undergraduate or graduate level.
  • be at least 18 years old by start of program
  • be in good mental and physical health
  • have completed at least one full year (3 quarters) of college-level coursework by program start date

There is no service requirement for CLS Alumni. However, participants are selected based on their commitment to language learning and plans to apply their language skills to their future academic or professional pursuits.

The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, from a wide variety of fields of study, backgrounds and career paths, with the purpose of representing the full diversity of professional, regional, cultural and academic backgrounds in the United States. You can learn more about CLS by visiting the program website (www.clscholarship.org) or by attending one of the webinars.

Learn more

CLS Website: http://www.clscholarship.org.

CLS Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/CLScholarship

Recorded webinars from the CLS program provide an overview of the scholarship, as well as tips for preparing a competitive application. Stay tuned for fall 2015 webinar schedule.  For questions and to RSVP for these sessions, contact Sarah Bartfeld at sbartfeld@americancouncils.org.

For questions, please contact us at: cls@americancouncils.org