David L. Boren Scholarship Program

Boren Scholarships support undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and in fields deemed relevant to national security, broadly defined.

Sponsor: National Security Education Program

Description

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. Boren scholars represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages. 

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, 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.

Eligibility

Boren Scholarships are for undergraduate students. You are eligible to apply for the Boren Scholarship if you are: 

  • A U.S. citizen at the time of application.
  • A high school graduate, or have earned a GED.
  • Matriculated in an undergraduate degree program located within the United States accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Boren scholars must remain matriculated in their undergraduate programs for the duration of the scholarship and may not graduate until the scholarship is complete.
  • 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

The 2016-17 application will be available in late August 2015. Contact your Boren campus representative for your on-campus deadline. Continue to work with your campus representative during the application process.

Find the complete application checklist online.