David L. Boren Awards for International Study

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Boren Scholarships Opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study in world regions critical to U.S. interests.

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 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 & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. For a complete list of countries, click here.

Boren Scholars represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. For a complete list of languages, click here.

Boren 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. Applicants should identify how their study abroad program, as well as their 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.

To view the Program Basics for the Boren Scholarship, click here.

2013 Scholar in Nepal

January 28, 2014
Alex O'Neill, an environmental biology and anthropology major at Georgetown University, received a ...
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Boren Scholars Conduct Research in Jiangxi Province

January 16, 2014
Boren Scholars Dillon O'Connor and Rossitza Petrova went on a 6-day research-oriented excursion as ...
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Centre College Student in Moscow

January 13, 2014
Karissa Jackson had studied in Russia twice before receiving a Boren Scholarship to spend a year at...
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2014 Boren Scholarship Convocation

June 9, 2014, 12:00 am
The annual Boren Scholarships convocation and orientation will be held Jun...
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Colorado School of Mines, Boren Awards Information Session

June 18, 2014, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Drop by the International House for lunch and to learn about scholarships that ...
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Scholarship Deadline

Application Deadline is
February 5, 2014 5:00 p.m. EST

Individual on-campus deadlines will be earlier than February 5, 2014; please see your campus representative for your on-campus deadline.