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Boren Undergraduate Scholarships (National Security Education Program Scholarships)


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.

Award Amounts

Maximum scholarship awards are:

  • $8,000 for Summer Semester,
  • $10,000 for a semester, or
  • $20,000 for a full academic year

Length of Study

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.

The Application

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 and Scholarship Program, Center for Career Development by the second Friday in January. Learn more about how to apply.

Who Should 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:

  • A U.S. citizen at the time of application
  • A high school graduate, or have earned a GED
  • Matriculated in an undergraduate degree program in a U.S. post-secondary institution, in an undergraduate degree program located within the United States accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Planning to use the scholarship for study abroad, and the study abroad program ends before you graduate. Boren Scholarships are not for study in the United States.

Campus Procedure & Key Dates

The on-campus application deadline is the second Friday in January. Contact the Fellowships and Scholarships Program, Center for Career Development, for more information about the on-campus application process.

Learn More

For more information, contact the Fellowships and Scholarships Program, Center for Career Development at or schedule an appointment through Appointlet. Also, visit the Boren Undergraduate Scholarship website.