Boren Awards for International Study

Funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), Boren awards come in two forms: fellowships and scholarships. Boren fellowships provide up to $30,000 to US graduate students, while scholarships provide up to $20,000 to US undergraduate students. Both support students who wish to study regions and languages critical to US interests.The fellowship program is intended to enable master’s and doctoral level students to supplement their chosen disciplines with a language and international study. Fellowship recipients may study domestically or overseas, while the scholarship program supports undergraduate students who wish to study abroad. Languages studied under Boren fellowships and scholarships tend to be less commonly-taught and have the potential to contribute to US national security (defined broadly). Preference is shown toward applicants who study certain underrepresented languages.  Scholars and Fellows commit to working in the federal goverment for at least one year after graduation.

Awards Website

Campus Contact/ Application Process/ This Year's Deadline

Dr. Keith Dede, Professor of Chinese


Varies between scholarships and fellowships, check website for specific information

Typical Deadline

Scholarship (for undergraduates): February, Fellowship (for graduates): January