Boren Scholarships (National Security Education Program Scholarships) provide funding to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. In your application, you should identify how your study abroad program, as well as your future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined.
NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.
As a Boren Scholar, you receive resources and encouragement to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation, in exchange for your commitment to seek work in the federal government.
Maximum scholarship awards are:
Boren Scholarships promote long-term linguistic and cultural immersion, so you should submit study abroad proposals for two or more semesters. Preference will be given to applicants proposing a full-year academic study. Summer-only programs are limited to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics students. Applications for summer-only programs will be considered if the program is eight weeks or more.
All applications must be submitted online. The national application deadline is typically the beginning of February. Your completed application should be submitted to the fellowships office by the second Friday in January. Learn more about how to apply.
Boren Scholarships allow U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests but underrepresented in study abroad. Boren Scholarship applicants must be:
Campus Procedure: Contact the Office of Fellowships for information. Also visit the website http://www.borenawards.org/ [http://www.borenawards.org/Interviews: no.
Campus Deadline: second Friday in January.
Also visit the Boren Undergraduate Scholarship website.