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 and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. 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. Applicants should identify how their study abroad program, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute 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.
Type: Undergraduate Study, International Study
Application Available: Organization Website
Class Level: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Area of Study: Arts and Humanities, Engineering, Social and Behavioral Sciences
Application Form: Yes
Citizenship: U.S. Citizen
Application Form: Yes
Transcript Description: Current College, All Colleges Attended
Letters of Rec: Yes
Letters of Rec Detail: 2, 3
Letters of Rec Notes: Two letters, no more than 3 are required. Freshman must include high school transcripts.
Personal Essay: Yes
Personal Essay Notes: Study abroad program description or two letters of support for direct enrollment or individually arranged programs
Project Proposal: Yes
Project Proposal Notes: Proposed program of study
Financial Aid: Yes
Institutional Endorsement: Yes
Institutional Endorsement Notes: Students can apply as "at large" candidates. However, applications rated by the campus may have an advantage.
Other Submission Requirements: Yes
Other Submission Requirements Notes: Language self-assessment form is required. Language proficiency form is optional.
Office of Undergraduate Research and Prestigious Scholarships