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PhD Student to Study Abroad with Boren Fellowship

Jack Schwartz, a second-year political science PhD candidate, will pursue Arabic in Amman, Jordan, with support from a Boren Fellowship.


Researching conflict in the Middle East, Schwartz began encountering Arabic in his readings. His interest in the language took him overseas to Lebanon for a few weeks, where he fell in love with the region’s culture. After a second trip to the Middle East, this time to Egypt, Schwartz decided to make Arabic language and culture a part of his studies.

Schwartz selected Jordan for his Boren Fellowship studies because its dialect of Arabic is similar to those in Syria and the Palestinian territories. He plans to become a foreign service officer for the State Department.

Boren Scholarships (for undergraduate students) and Boren Fellowships (for graduate students) provide recipients with up to $25,000 for language and cultural study in countries critical to the security and stability of the US.

Read the full story on UT News to learn more about the Boren Fellowships and Schwartz’s interest in studying Arabic for his future career.