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Boren Scholarships


Boren Scholarships provides funding to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.


  • Approximately 130 Boren Scholarships are awarded each year.
  • Maximum scholarship awards are:
    • $8,000 for a summer program (special initiative for STEM students only; 8 weeks’ minimum)
    • $10,000 for a semester
    • $20,000 for a full year academic year


  • Must be a current undergraduate student
  • Study in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • One year of service in the federal government after graduation

Qualifications for a competitive application

  • Preference will be given to undergraduate applicants proposing at least 6 months overseas.
  • Studying a language critical to national security. Can be found on Boren Scholarship website.
  • Commitment to public service after graduation.
  • Strong academic record
  • Excellent Recommendations

Important dates

  • Campus deadline: January 15th
  • National deadline: February 7th