Boren Scholarship

Up to $20,000 in funding for students interested in studying abroad for a full academic year in a non-traditional location to learn a language crucial to national security interests. There is also a Boren Summer STEM Initiative through which students seeking a STEM degree can receive up to $8,000 for a summer study abroad to learn a language that is critical to national security. Awardees receive a priority hiring benefit for the U.S. government and are required to secure a position working for the government after graduation for at least one year.

If you are eligible and interested, please watch the video below and fill out the interest form.

Link to Official Website

Virtual Info Session:



Process Timeline:

  • Interest Form Due: December 10

  • Meet with Elise or Mathilda - December 14th-16th

    • Discuss qualifications/award

    • Create essay outlines

    • Register on online application

  • Confirm That You're Applying: December 17

  • Essay Drafts: January 5 (expect virtual feedback on Canvas)

  • Second Drafts: January 19th

  • Meet with Elise or Mathilda (swap advisors for this) - January 24th-28th

    • Put finishing touches on application

  • National Deadline: February 2 @ 5:00 PM

Link to Interest Form

The interest form signals that you would like to apply. Elise uses the information to add you to Sakai and report if you win the award. The absolute last day to submit a Boren interest form this year is January 10th.