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Boren Scholarship


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.


Approximately 130 Boren Scholarships are awarded each year. 

Maximum scholarship awards 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 full year academic year

Internal Deadline

1st Monday of Block 5

Please consult with the campus advisor well in advance of this deadline. 


Heather Browne
Heather Powell Browne
Assistant Director Off-Campus Study