Boren Scholarship offers up to $20,000 to US undergraduate students to study abroad in critical areas of the world, including less commonly taught languages. Funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), these scholarships focus on geographic areas, languages, and fields critical to U.S. national security, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease, hunger, population growth, migration, and economic competitiveness. Established in 2008, the program aims to protect American well-being and address global challenges.
Boren Scholarship is available to undertake undergraduate programs.
This scholarship is open to only US nationals
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.
Eligible Fields of Study
The Boren awards are available to students from the following preferred fields of study:
- Agricultural and Food Sciences – STEM
- Area Studies
- Astronomy – STEM
- Biology -STEM
- Chemistry – STEM
- Computer and Information Sciences – STEM
- Criminal Justice
- Cybersecurity -STEM
- Engineering -STEM
- Environmental Studies -STEM
- Geology – STEM
- International Affairs
- International Development
- Mathematics -STEM
- Medical Sciences -STEM
- Nursing – STEM
- Physics -STEM
- Political Science
- Public Administration
- Public Health -STEM
- Social Work
- Social Sciences
The Boren Awards provide up to $30,000 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.
How to Apply
Visit the APPLY NOW page to get started and select the language you want to study. After submitting the online application, contact your Boren campus representative for your on-campus deadline. Continue to work with your campus representative during the application process.
Click here to find the complete application checklist online.