Boren Scholarship Program for International Study

Boren Scholarship Award 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, broadly defined

Boren Scholarships provide support to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests. Boren Scholars represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages.

Boren Award offers a range of generous scholarships for Undergraduate Students and Fellowships for Graduate Students;

  • BOREN SCHOLARSHIPS (Fund study abroad by U.S. undergraduate students in world regions critical to U.S. interests.)
  • BOREN FELLOWSHIPS (Fund research and language study proposals by U.S. graduate students in world regions critical to U.S. interests.)

Boren Scholarship Awards

Eligible Group:  Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East

Type: Undergraduates program, Graduate and Fellowship

Number of Awards: Not Known

Award Value

Maximum awards are determined by duration abroad:

  • Up to $25,000 for 25-52 weeks (preferred)
  • Up to $12,500 for 12-24 weeks
  • Up to $8,000 for 8-11 weeks (STEM majors only)
  • Up to $12,000 for domestic language study (optional)- Fellowship

Boren Awards funding cover a continuous period of overseas study. Short mid-program trips out of the country of study are allowed but will need to be pre-approved by IIE. Multiple, sequential programs in the same language and country are eligible for Boren Awards funding and may be necessary to reach the desired award threshold.


All applicants must be:

    • U.S. citizens at the time of the national application deadline
    • A high school graduate, or have earned a GED
    • Planning an overseas program in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand
    • Planning to study in a country of which they are not a citizen
    • Matriculated for the duration of their Boren Awards-funded program in an undergraduate or graduate degree program located within the United States and accredited by a body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
    • (For ROTC cadets and midshipmen and members of the military Reserves or National Guard) In inactive, non-drilling status for the duration of their Boren Awards-funded program

Field of Study

  • Agricultural & Food Sciences – STEM
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Area Studies
  • Astronomy – STEM
  • Biology – STEM
  • Business
  • Chemistry – STEM
  • Computer & Information Sciences – STEM
  • Criminal Justice
  • Cybersecurity – STEM
  •  Economics
  • Engineering – STEM
  • Environmental Studies – STEM
  • Geography
  • Geology – STEM
  •  History
  • International Affairs
  • International Development
  • Languages
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  •  Mathematics – STEM
  • Medical Sciences – STEM
  • Military Science
  • Nursing – STEM
  • Physics – STEM
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health – STEM
  • Social Sciences
  • Social Work
  • Sociology

How to Apply

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Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 5 pm EST

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