Boren Awards for International Study

Archived: November 21, 2013

The Boren Awards are administered by The Institute of International Education (IIE), which provides funding of up to $20,000 for U.S. undergraduates and up to $30,000 for graduates to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. On November 21, Sarah Gleisner, Outreach Manager from the Boren Awards, joined the ACS International Center to speak about the fellowship and scholarship programs, and the benefits of international exchange.

About the speaker:

Sarah Grace Gleisner, Outreach Manager, Boren Awards for International Study

Sarah Grace Gleisner is currently a Program Officer for the Boren Scholarships and Fellowships, an initiative funded by the National Security Education Program and administered by the Institute of International Education.  The Boren Awards fund undergraduate and graduate students to study in world regions critical to the future security of our nation, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.  In exchange for funding, recipients commit to seek work in the federal government for at least one year. 


Originally from a small town in Wisconsin, Ms. Gleisner was the first person in her family to attend college and the first one to get a passport.  As a student at the University of Wisconsin at Platteville, she studied abroad in England for a semester.  After graduation, she worked in rural Japan as part of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program.  She completed graduate school at the University of Illinois and went on to serve in multiple education abroad offices, including the Parkland College International Center and the University of Illinois Study Abroad Office.  Through these experiences, Ms. Gleisner has advised thousands of students, helping them to design (and fund) international experiences that will help them to fulfill their personal, academic, and professional goals.