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Boren Scholarships and Fellowships

Boren Fellowship Final Deadline: January 24, 2024

Boren Scholarship Final Deadline: January 31, 2024


Complete our brief Boren Interest Form found here*


Boren Scholars (undergraduate students) and Fellows (graduate students) represent highly motivated individuals who are interested in long-term linguistic and cultural immersion and the national security arena. Boren awards enhance U.S. understanding of foreign cultures and languages, strengthen U.S. economic competitiveness, and enhance international cooperation and security around issues such as sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, conflict, and population growth and migration.


The undergraduate scholarship provides up to $20,000 to study abroad in areas of the world underrepresented in study abroad; the graduate fellowship provides up to $36,000. Preference is given to those students who propose to study abroad for 6+ months. Boren Scholars must agree to the NSEP service requirement of one year of federal service.


For guidance on writing a rec letter for a Boren applicant, please click here.


Eligibility Criteria:

  • A U.S. citizen at the time of application
  • A high school graduate
  • Enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate degree program in the U.S. through the duration of the scholarship period
  • Apply to a study abroad program that meets home institution standards in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand, with a focus on language study and cultural immersion