Sunday, September 25, 2011

Boren Scholarships for U.S Undergraduate Students


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.

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.


Boren Scholarships are for undergraduate students. You are eligible to apply for the Boren Scholarship if you are:

  • A U.S. citizen at the time of application
  • A high school graduate, or have earned a GED
  • Matriculated in an undergraduate degree program located within the United States accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Boren Scholars must remain matriculated in their undergraduate programs for the duration of the scholarship and may not graduate until the scholarship is complete.
  • Applying to a study abroad program that meets home institution standards in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand. Boren Scholarships are not for study in the United States.

Boren Scholarship - What Languages Can I Study?

All Boren Scholars must study a foreign language appropriate to the country in which they are studying abroad. The program will give preference to applicants studying one of the following emphasized languages:

  • Akan/Twi
  • Albanian
  • Amharic
  • Arabic*
  • Armenian
  • Azerbaijani
  • Bahasa Indonesian
  • Bambara
  • Belarusian
  • Bengali
  • Bosnian
  • Bulgarian
  • Cambodian
  • Cantonese
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Gan
  • Georgian
  • Hausa
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Hungarian
  • Japanese
  • Javanese
  • Kanarese
  • Kazakh
  • Khmer
  • Korean
  • Kurdish
  • Kyrgyz
  • Lingala
  • Macedonian
  • Malay
  • Malayalam
  • Mandarin
  • Moldovan
  • Pashto
  • Persian**
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Punjabi
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Serbian
  • Sinhala
  • Slovak
  • Slovenian
  • Swahili
  • Tagalog
  • Tajik
  • Tamil
  • Telegu
  • Thai
  • Turkmen
  • Turkish
  • Uighur
  • Ukrainian
  • Urdu
  • Uzbek
  • Vietnamese
  • Wolof
  • Yoruba
  • Zulu

Boren Scholarship - How to Apply

The application deadline for 2012-13 is February 9, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Application Checklist

  1. Contact your Boren campus representative for your on-campus deadline. Continue to work with your campus representative during the application process.
  2. Submit the Boren Scholarship application, which includes the items listed below. Before starting the online application, remember to read the application instructions.
    1. a study abroad program section
    2. a budget section
    3. two statements of purpose
  3. Submit the following supplementary materials to your campus representative. If you do not have a campus representative, you may send them directly to IIE.
    1. Completed letters of reference. Letters of reference must be signed, original letters in an envelope with the signature across the seal, when they are submitted to your campus representative or IIE. Two letters are required, and you may include a third optional letter. Click here for advice about getting strong letters of reference.
    2. Official, hard copy, transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Freshmen must also include high school transcripts.
    3. Language self-assessment - Complete this form using the Language self-assessment guide.
    4. Language proficiency form (optional)
    5. Choose one of the following:
      1. One page study abroad program description with cost information. (This may be a page from the program’s website or a photocopy of part of the program brochure.)
      2. If you set up a direct enrollment or individually arranged 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.

The online application must be submitted, and the supplementary materials should be given to your Boren campus representative, by your on-campus deadline. If you do not have a campus representative, the online application must be submitted, and all original supplementary materials must arrive at the following address, by the application deadline. IIE cannot confirm receipt of materials, so campus representatives and applicants should send materials using a traceable method to ensure delivery.

Boren Scholarships
Institute of International Education
1400 K Street NW, 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20005

Please quote on your application when applying for this scholarship

Bookmark and Share

Other Recommended Scholarships

Join us and fill in the form below with your email address to get free scholarship information:

Privacy Guarantee: we will not share your personal information with anyone.


Post a Comment

Get free scholarship Info into your inbox!

Fill in your e-mail address below to get free scholarship information:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Click on "Like" to receive scholarship updates via facebook

Recent Scholarships

free counters

Blog Archive

Scholarship Team: Ph.D Scholar Krisstofferson Joniel Scholarship Adviser, PhD Scholar Vitom Chea Scholarship Adviser, PhD Scholar Rebecca T. Dalisay Scholarship Adviser, Ph.D Student Jiao Wang Scholarship Coordinator, MSc Student Dennise Maricel Scholarship Coordinator
Creative Commons License
The published information is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.
Creative Commons
Scholarship Team: Ph.D Scholar Krisstofferson Joniel Scholarship Adviser, PhD Scholar Chea Vitom Scholarship Adviser and Senior Lecturer, PhD Scholar Rebecca T. Dalisay Scholarship Adviser, Ph.D Student Jiao Wang Scholarship Coordinator, MSc Student Dennise Maricel Scholarship Coordinator