Boren Scholarship Basics
Boren Scholarships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions 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 countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.
Boren Scholars represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.
Maximum scholarship awards are:
- $8,000 for a summer program (special initiative for STEM students only; 8 weeks minimum)
- $10,000 for a semester
- $20,000 for 6 - 12 months
Length of Study
Boren Scholarships promote long term linguistic and cultural immersion, and therefore study abroad proposals for two or more semesters are strongly encouraged.
The program focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security.
Boren Scholarships are awarded with preference for countries, languages, and fields of study critical to U.S. national security.
For more information about what makes a competitive application, click here.
In exchange for scholarship funding, all Boren Scholars must agree to the NSEP Service Requirement.
Application DeadlineThe Boren Scholarship national application deadline is February 9, 2017. Please see your campus representative for your earlier on-campus deadline. For more information about the application process, click here.
Boren Scholarship applicants will be notified of their status in mid-late April.