David L. Boren Fellowships
NSEP awards Boren Scholarships and Fellowships to America's future leaders - undergraduate and graduate students committed to long-term, overseas immersive language study and to public service. Boren Scholars and Fellows, authorized under the David L. Boren National Security Education Act (NSEA), as amended, P.L. 102-183, receive funding (up to $20,000 for Scholars and $30,000 for Fellows) to study the languages and cultures most critical to our nation's security. In exchange, they agree to utilize those skills within the government by seeking and securing federal employment for at least one year. Boren Scholars and Fellows come from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and are equipped with the intellectual curiosity and academic training to solve our nation's complex, global problems. They are the public sector's next generation of influencers and innovators.
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.