Boren Scholarship applicants should work with their campus representatives, study abroad office, and other advisors, and all applicants should read What Makes a Competitive Application. In addition, you should see the applicant resources for other helpful information, including a PowerPoint presentation, a schedule of upcoming webinars, and the Boren Awards newsletter.
<p>Boren Scholarships offer unique opportunities for U.S. undergraduates to study abroad in world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the Middle East). The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.</p>
Yes. Community college students - both two-year and transfer - are particularly encouraged to apply. If you are a transfer student who would like to study abroad next fall and/or spring, you should apply from your community college, indicating to which institution you will transfer.
If your college or university has approved applying your academic credits towards an associate's or bachelor's degree, you are matriculated in a degree program.
In some cases, appropriate full academic year programs may not be available. In these cases, students may study abroad on two different study abroad programs. We encourage consecutive programs of study; these applications could be for summer and year programs; fall and spring semesters; summer and fall semesters; or spring and summer semesters. If the total length of study exceeds six months, the application will receive preference as a year-long proposal. Applications for two different consecutive study abroad programs must entail study of the same language.
The Boren Scholarship covers costs associated with your study abroad program, including tuition and fees, room and board, books, insurance, local transportation, and round-trip airfare on a U.S. carrier. The Boren Scholarship does not cover study tours of several countries, such as semester at sea. Please see the budget guidelines for more information.
Yes. Foreign language study is a key element in all Boren proposals. The language you choose should be appropriate to the country in which you plan to study. Your study abroad proposal should note the amount (number of hours per week) and level of classroom instruction you will undertake. Most importantly, you should provide a realistic estimate of the language level you expect your formal as well as informal (non-classroom) study will help you achieve.
Yes. We encourage applications for study in non-preferred countries, languages, and fields of study when the applicant can make a compelling argument that increased understanding and appreciation of that particular country, language, and/or field of study contributes to U.S. national security and the goals of the Boren Scholarship.
Yes. Every year there are applicants for the Boren Scholarship who do not have a campus representative. Successful applicants often find someone to work with them on campus, such as a study abroad, fellowships, or departmental advisor. You can always contact IIE directly for assistance (1-800-618-NSEP or firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Boren campus representative at your institution will set your on-campus application deadline. The campus deadline will be earlier than the national deadline in order to allow time for the on-campus review of Boren Scholarship applications. Most institutions set an on-campus deadline between mid-December and late January, but you should contact your Boren campus representative immediately for the campus deadline at your institution.
The essays are the most important part of the application. Essay one has a maximum length of 800 words and essay two has a maximum length of 800 words. Essays should be single spaced, except when spaces separate paragraphs.
Please discuss the following points in one integrated essay, giving equal attention to each point.