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.

ROTC Student from Mercer University to Study Arabic in Morocco

June 29, 2015
The Boren Scholarship will afford Tim a tremendous opportunity to study Arabic and Islam.  Read Mor...
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The high-achieving students of the UCLA Russian Flagship Program

June 22, 2015
Having never travelled abroad, Boren Awardee will be studying Russian in Kazakhstan for a year.  ...
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Rebekah Adams Returns to Africa on a Boren Scholarship

June 2, 2015
Bryn Mawr student, Rebekah has been awarded a Boren Scholarship to study Swahili in Tanzania. Rea...
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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.