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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. 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. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. For a complete list of languages, click here. For a power point overview of the program, 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. 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.
In exchange for scholarship funding, all Boren Scholars must agree to the NSEP Service Requirement.
Boren Scholarships are for undergraduate students. You are eligible to apply for the Boren Scholarship if you are:
Boren Fellowships are for graduate students. You are eligible to apply for a Boren Fellowship if you are:
Scholarship award recipients will be selected on the basis of merit with consideration for: