David L. Boren Awards for International Study

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Boren Scholarship Selection Process

Scholarship award recipients will be selected on the basis of merit with consideration for:

  1. Boren Awards preferences:
    1. commitment to government service;
    2. preferred countries;
    3. preferred languages;
    4. preferred fields of study;
    5. study abroad for a full academic year;
  2. a clear explanation of the relevance of the applicant’s country, language, and proposed program of study to U.S. national security, broadly defined;
  3. academic record and potential to succeed in the proposed program;
  4. a serious commitment to develop and/or advance foreign language competency while overseas and upon return home;
  5. appropriateness, feasibility, and quality of the study abroad plan; and
  6. evidence of cultural adaptability, flexibility, and maturity required to succeed abroad. 

These qualities will be evaluated by IIE-organized regional review panels and the national nominating panel. The panels consist of faculty members and administrators representing diverse fields of study from colleges and universities from across the United States. The regional panels will make initial recommendations, and the national nominating panel will designate scholarship finalists to the National Security Education Program Office. 

Selection panels will also seek wide geographic and diverse institutional representation among candidates, as well as ethnic and gender diversity and distribution among academic disciplines related to national security interests.