Boren Scholarship

National Security Education Program

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Grant amount: Up to US $20,000

Anticipated deadline: Feb 7, 2020 2:00pm PST

Applicant type: Undergraduate Student

Funding uses: Scholarship

Location of project: Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central America, Eastern Europe Expand all

Location of residency: United States

Location of citizenship: United States

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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.

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.

National Security

The program focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. It 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
  • economic competitiveness

Award Amounts

Boren Scholarship providess up to $20,000 for a year-long program, $10,000 for a semester long program. The Boren Scholarship funds the study of language and culture in a program of your choosing. The Boren Scholarship does not choose a program for you nor do we recommend or suggest programs.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • 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 promote long term linguistic and cultural immersion, and therefore study abroad proposals for two or more semesters are strongly encouraged.
  • Preference is also given to students who will study abroad for 6 months or longer, and who are highly motivated by the opportunity to work in the federal government.
  • Boren Scholarships are awarded with preference for countries, languages, and fields of study critical to U.S. national security.
    •  As we cannot list all countries, languages, and fields that are critical to U.S. national security, we are interested in applications that fall outside the preferences, if the candidate can make a compelling case that such study can contribute significantly to U.S. national security and the goals of the program.


  • The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.
  • Boren Scholarships are not for study in the United States.