Boren Scholarship Awards for International Study

Application Information

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Amount Awarded


Application Deadline

February 08

Awarded By

Institute of International Education

Award Amount

Boren Scholarship awards are designed to pay for the majority of expenses that a typical undergraduate student will have while studying abroad. The funding/award period must be for consecutive time overseas. Award amounts are based on the amount of financial need up to the maximum award amount for each term. Maximum award amounts for the Boren Scholarship are: $8,000 for a summer program; $10,000 for a semester program; $20,000 for a year-long program.


The number of awards offered varies annually. In previous years, 165 scholarships were given.

Additional Information

Boren Scholarships are awarded with preference for countries, languages, and fields of study critical to U.S. national security. Preference is also given to students who will study abroad for longer periods of time, and who are highly motivated by the opportunity to work in the federal government. Students must be applying to a study abroad program that meets home institution standards in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand. Study abroad proposals for two or more semesters are strongly encouraged. Preference will be given to undergraduate applicants proposing a full-year academic study. Boren-funded programs can begin no earlier than June 1. Summer-only programs must be eight weeks or more and are limited to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students. All applicants are notified of their status by mail in early May, and Boren Scholarship recipients are mailed award packets. Boren Scholarship recipients will be invited to attend an Orientation and Convocation in Washington, D.C. In exchange for scholarship funding, all Boren Scholars must agree to the NSEP Service Requirement. The NSEP Service Requirement stipulates that an award recipient work in the federal government in a position with national security responsibilities. Detailed information on the service requirement is available online at

Deadline Info

Applications are available online at the Boren Institute of International Education (IIE) website. Prior to applying, students should consult with his/her Boren campus representative about deadlines, ... sign up for full scholarship deadline information.

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