Boren Scholarship and Fellowship, Eligibility and Application Guide

Scholarships provide a great privilege for students facing any financial challenge to meet their dreams. And Boren Scholarship and Fellowships are two such privileges.

Boren Scholarship and Fellowship, Eligibility and Application Guide

Are you searching for scholarships to live that academic dream? If yes, then this article is for you. Pay close attention as you read through this page.

Facts about Boren Scholarship and Fellowship

The Boren scholarship and fellowship are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP). And this focuses on “geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security.”

Also, the program enables students to study languages and world regions considered critical to U.S. national security. Interestingly, in exchange, Boren Awardees commit to at least one year of service in a government position related to national security.

More so, the fellowship supports study in the following countries:

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Central & Eastern Europe.
  • Eurasia
  • Latin America and the Middle East.

However, a study in the countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand is excluded.

Important Information about Boren Scholarship and Fellowship

Boren Scholars and Fellows must maintain enrollment at Fordham. And this should be through the duration of the scholarship period.

However, graduating students are eligible to apply. And they should speak with the Boren campus representative about their unique circumstances.

Boren Scholarship and Award Details

Available to undergraduates, the Boren Scholarship funds study abroad in a region or country considered critical to U.S. national security. Also, the Scholarship prioritizes long-term cultural immersion.

As such, applicants should propose study abroad programs of six months or more. This may include a full academic year program or a combination of summer study with a semester or year-long program.

It is pertinent to note that summer-only programs are an option only for students in the STEM fields (sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

The maximum scholarship awards are $10,000 for one semester and $20,000 for a full academic year. For more information, CLICK HERE.  Also, you can watch the application guide, CLICK HERE.

Boren Scholarship Description

Boren Scholarship Description

The Boren Scholarship provides up to $25,000 to U.S. undergraduate students. As stated earlier, this is from any major to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including:

  • Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe.
  • Also, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Boren Scholars must study abroad for one, preferably two semesters. This is in order to promote long-term linguistic and cultural immersion. However, STEM majors may secure funding for summer programs, see below for more information).


Boren Scholarships focus on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Applicants identify how their study abroad program, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security.

National security is broadly defined to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting American well-being but also areas such as:

  • Sustainable development.
  • Environmental degradation.
  • Global disease and hunger.
  • Population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.

Recipients of the scholarship agree to work in the federal government and serve national security interests for at least one year. And this is after completing their study abroad (deferred until after graduate study should one pursues that option).

The Boren Awards program also includes the Boren Fellowship for graduate students, also supported by NISO.

Boren Stem Initiative

The Boren Scholarship offers a special initiative for undergraduate STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) majors. And this funds up to $8,000 for summer study abroad (minimum of 8 weeks).

However, all other requirements of the Boren Scholarship apply. For more information CLICK HERE

Boren Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

The following are the Boren Scholarship requirements:

  • You must be a U.S. citizen at the time of application.
  • You must have a High school diploma (or equivalent).
  • Also, you must have enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at the time of application and during study abroad.
  • Additionally, you must have a commitment to national security (broadly defined). And a desire to work in government service in an area pertaining to national security after graduation.
  • Also, your academic background and preparation must be commensurate with your future career goals. Example: Independent projects or another study abroad experience, language learning, internships, volunteer experience, etc.
  • Also, you must have enrolled in a study abroad program that prioritizes language learning and immersion

Boren Scholarship Additional Requirements

  • You have a clear connection between one who is chosen to study abroad program, desire to pursue language learning and future goals in relation to national security.
  • Also, must have cultural knowledge and adaptability, flexibility, and maturity


Boren Scholarship Application Components

  1. Online application
  2. Three letters of recommendation
  3. Two essays as detailed here
  4. Certified transcript (or transcripts)
  5. Language self-assessment form
  6. Language proficiency form (optional)
  7. One of the following:
  • One-page study abroad program description with cost information.
  • If you set up a direct enrollment or individually arranged a study abroad program, please provide two letters of support. The first letter should be from your home institution and the second letter should be from your overseas host institution.

Application Procedure

Application Procedure

All applicants MUST be reviewed and certified by their college or university. As such, Purdue applicants must work with the National and International Scholarships Office to complete the application which will then be reviewed by an internal committee.

You are encouraged as an interested student to attend the information session in September as that is the kick-off to the application process.

Detailed campus application information is provided directly to applicants once they declare their intention to apply.

Please make adequate and positive use of this opportunity. Also, do not hesitate to share this information with your friends.

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