David L. Boren Awards for International Study

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Boren Awards
Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate 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.
National Security Education Program
As NSEP initiatives, the Boren Awards focus on countries, languages, and fields critical to U.S. national security, recognizing a broad definition that includes traditional concerns of protecting American well-being, as well as challenges of global society, such as sustainable development, environmental issues, disease, migration, and economic competitiveness.
Language Study
The Boren Awards emphasize less commonly taught languages and long-term linguistic and cultural study, as well as research and academic internships abroad. Study of a foreign language appropriate to the country or region is an integral part of each Boren Scholar and Fellow's plan.
Boren Award amounts are based on the length of time the Boren Scholar or Fellows spends overseas and the cost of the program. Boren Scholarships can provide undergraduate students with up to $20,000, and Boren Fellowships can provide graduate students with up to $30,000.
Government Service
Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for scholarship and fellowship funding, Boren Award recipients commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.


Boren Scholarships

for Undergraduate Students

Deadline: February 9, 2017 - 5:00 PM EST
On-campus deadlines vary.

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Boren Fellowships

for Graduate Students

Deadline: January 31, 2017 - 5:00 PM EST
On-campus deadlines vary.

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South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative

Boren Awards applicants have the opportunity to further their study of Hindi and Urdu.

Undergraduate students click here.
Graduate students click here

African Flagship Languages Initiative

Boren Awards applicants have the opportunity to further their study of Akan/Twi, French, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof, or Zulu.
Undergraduate students click here.  
Graduate students click here

Boren-ROTC Initiative

The Boren Scholarships offer a special initiative for undergraduate ROTC cadets and midshipmen.

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STEM Initiative

Summer Scholarships are available for undergraduate students in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematical fields.

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News & Events

UNC-Chapel Hill graduate student and alumna receive Boren Fellowships

July 20, 2016
(Chapel Hill, N.C.—July 20, 2016) – Christine Kim, a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hil...
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Schoeman is UNG's second Boren Scholar of 2016

July 14, 2016
Strauss Schoeman, a junior at the University of North Georgia (UNG), has been awarded a prestigiou...
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