David L. Boren Awards for International Study

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Boren Scholarships Opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study in world regions critical to U.S. interests.

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 America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. For a complete list of countries, click here.

Boren Scholars represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. For a complete list of languages, click here.

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.

To view the Program Basics for the Boren Scholarship, click here.

UO sophomore awarded Boren Scholarship to study national security and linguistics in China

June 26, 2014
A duel major in Chinese and Public Policy and Management, Erik Thorbeck will spend two semesters i...
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UO sophomore awarded Boren Scholarship to study national security and linguistics in China

June 26, 2014
A duel major in Chinese and Public Policy and Management, Erik Thorbeck will spend two semesters i...
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Preparing for the Future: Baker Alumna Heading to Eurasian Country

June 20, 2014
Paige Dabney developed an interest in learning foreign languages after meeting exchange students a...
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Boren Scholarship Information Session

September 9, 2014, 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Students interested in learning more about the Boren scholarship and the applica...
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Boren Awards Information Session, University of Wisconsin-Madison

September 9, 2014, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
A representative from the Institute of International Education will be speaki...
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Boren Awards Information Session, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

September 10, 2014, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
A representative from the Institute of International Education will be s...
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Scholarship Deadline

Application Deadline is
February 4, 2015 5:00 p.m. EST

Individual on-campus deadlines will be earlier than February 4, 2015; please see your campus representative for your on-campus deadline.