Boren Scholarship

The Boren Scholarship provides unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad. The Scholarships are aimed at giving USA nationals experience in studying abroad and in learning less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and under-represented in study abroad.

Scholarship Summary
Level: undergraduate Institution(s): Not specified
Location: Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East Field(s): See list below
Target: Americans Deadline(s): February 09 2017,

The Boren scholarship provides up to $20,000 for overseas study. There are also $8,000 scholarships for a summer program (special initiative for STEM students only; 8 weeks minimum). Boren Scholarships promote long term linguistic and cultural immersion, and therefore study abroad proposals for two or more semesters are strongly encouraged. In addition, Boren scholarship is for a minimum duration of at least 8 weeks and no more than one year.

The program will give preference to applicants planning to study in one of the following fields of study: Agricultural and Food Sciences, Area Studies Business and EconomicsComputer and Information Sciences, Foreign Languages, Health and Biomedical ScienceHistory, International AffairsLawMathematics, Sciences and EngineeringSocial Sciences, Political Science and Policy Studies. However, the scholarship organizers will be willing to sponsor study where it can be proved that such study is beneficial to USA national security and the goals of the program.

Boren Fellowships is an initiative of the National Security Education Program. Boren Fellows represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren Fellows commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

The locations for study include: Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. For full list, visit here.


To be eligible for the Boren Scholarship, you must:

  • be a U.S. citizen at the time of application
  • be a high school graduate, or have earned a GED
  • be matriculated in an undergraduate degree program located within the United States accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • As a Boren Fellow, remain matriculated in your graduate programs for the duration of the fellowship and may not graduate until the fellowship is complete.
  • be applying to a study abroad program that meets home institution standards in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.  Boren Scholarships are not for study in the United States.

How to Apply for Boren Scholarship

Candidates can find the application online on this link. All elements of the Boren Fellowship application are online and must be submitted by the deadline. The following instructions apply:

For additional information and instructions on how to apply for an Boren Scholarship, please visit here.

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