David L. Boren Fellowships
NSEP awards Boren Fellowships to outstanding U.S. graduate students through a competitive national merit-based process. Since 1994, NSEP has awarded over 1,646 Boren Fellowships to degree-seeking masters and doctoral students. Boren Fellowships are granted to motivated individuals who develop independent overseas projects that combine language and culture study with professional practical experiences. Awards for up to $30,000 over two years are given to applicants who demonstrate the highest intellectual and professional capacity along with a commitment to U.S. Government service for at least one year. Former Boren Scholars may compete for Boren Fellowships.
I studied in Cairo at the American University of Cairo and Al-Azhar University. It was a very dynamic time to be in Egypt as there were frequent protests and I would walk to class past rows of black clad police in riot gear trying to intimidate anyone who sought to challenge the power of the State. I had been studying the Middle East for the previous two years in America but there is really no substitute for spending time in the region.