Presentation on theme: "Campus Application Deadline: 20 January 2015. Study Abroad in a NON-WESTERN country Program MUST include Language study & cultural immersion If."— Presentation transcript:
Study Abroad in a NON-WESTERN country Program MUST include Language study & cultural immersion If awarded, must work in a federal agency (or affiliate*) for a minimum of 1 year after graduation (or after graduate school) *See Boren website for details Study abroad in 1 country for at least 8 weeks (Su STEM) or 1 semester; preference is for at least 2 semesters (6 months) Exceptions can be made for athletes & other arguments for why can’t go for 6 months
2-3 Letters of Recommendation Transcripts 2 Essays Must make a strong case for NATIONAL SECURITY Budget
Provide a clear & compelling case for the relevance of study abroad program to US national security (broadly defined) Demonstrate a serious commitment to language study (before, during, after)? Have realistic expectations for proficiency level to be obtained while abroad? Possess the appropriate academic preparation, cultural adaptability, flexibility, & maturity to succeed abroad?
Explain the significance of study abroad program (country, region & language) to US national security (broadly defined). Make a specific, detailed & focused argument Describe how program will help you achieve your career goals, including plans to fulfill the federal service requirement. Describe how the skills you will acquire (including language/cultural) will help you fulfill the service requirement. If appropriate, include relevant past academic, extracurricular, volunteer, internships, professional experiences, etc. Be specific
Study Abroad Program Description/s Describe the program’s course of study & related cultural activities Describe the program’s administrative & support services (housing, resident director, facilities, etc.) Describe the language component in detail (# of language classroom hours, informal language study opportunities outside of classroom) Describe YOUR past language study/speaking experiences (in target or other language/s), plans for con’t lang. study/use upon return to US
Be sure to read everything on the Bore website—including the What Makes a Competitive Application; National Security Broadly Defined; & the FAQs Chase down all the embedded links They even have Scholar profiles that can be very useful! Think creatively/outside of the box when it comes to relating YOUR interests to national security interests (see examples provided on the Boren website). Stop by Fellowships Office (105 Scott) to read sample essays/ask for advice Sometimes it helps to talk about your interests with Dean Goldberg to find the hook into national security interests
11 Dec, 2pm: General information 18 Dec, 3pm: Understanding the NSEP Service Requirement
Campus Deadline: 20 January 2015 Official Deadline: 4 February 2015 (before 5pm!) March/April: National Selection Committee Review Late April: Selection Notification June: Orientation & Convocation in DC for Awardees (1 June is the earliest a study abroad program can start)
2-3 Letters of Recommendation (signed, on letterhead) Letters may come as email attachments or hard copies sent to Dean Goldberg (email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org)email@example.com@lafayette.edu Official Transcripts with fall semester grades 2 Application Essays sent to Dean Goldberg as WORD document email attachments The earlier you send your essay drafts, the earlier you will receive feedback on them We will work with you on your essays prior to official submission of materials to Boren in February Read over the selection criteria—See the Application Evaluation slide above Signed Nomination & Waiver form (found on our website under “submit materials” tab We don’t need the Official Boren Application form at this time; we do need the essay drafts!!! That said, do register and start the application.
Dean Goldberg 105 Scott Hall firstname.lastname@example.org Dr. Gisolo Study Abroad Office 208 Scott Hall email@example.com