Boren Scholarship

Boren Scholarships provide 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.

Maximum Boren Scholarship awards for undergraduate students are:

  • $8,000 for a summer program (special initiative for STEM students only; 8 weeks minimum)
  • $10,000 for a semester
  • $20,000 for a 6 – 12 months


Application Deadline: Early February

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen who is registered in an accredited undergraduate program within the US
  • Must have career/academic goals which resonate with Boren’s emphasis on U.S. national security and/or international affairs
  • Apply to a study abroad program with a language study section in a Boren endorsed language or country, and also plan to pursue the language study after your return from abroad

Applicants must be a college student during the Boren financed abroad program