National deadline:  February 9, 2016

Eligibility requirements:

  • 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.

Award summary and conditions: 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. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. 

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.

Application process: online

Application requirements: (Note: Before starting the application, remember to read the application instructions in the “How to apply” section on the website)Study abroad program section

  • Essays (2) 
  • Transcripts from all colleges/universities where a degree was obtained 
  • Budget section
  • Letters of recommendation (2) 
  • Language self-assessment 

Campus representative: Keith Raether 

Announcement date: Late April all applicants are notified of their status by email. 

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