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Boren Awards (National Security Education Program)

Boren offers awards for both undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in studying abroad in countries outside of Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. The Boren Award was designed to provide American students with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experience in countries and areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation. Boren requires language study as part of the program, as well as one-year government service post-award. Students design their own programs and must make a case for why their project is in the national security interest of the United States.

Fields of Study:

  • Arts and Creative Fields
  • Business and Law
  • Education
  • Health
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • Social Sciences and Humanities


  • Africa
  • Asia & Pacific
  • Europe
  • South America

Program Type:

  • Research
  • Service
  • Study
  • Travel


  • US Citizen

Program Length:

  • Short term (less than one year)
  • One year


  • January 5 

    campus deadline
    Contact DFO for more information

Degree Level:

  • Undergrad
  • Post UG
  • Graduate


  • Varies depending on length of program, cost of program, and financial need.

Fellowship Videos

Boren Scholarship Tutorial