Boren Scholarship

Up to $20,000 in funding for students interested in studying abroad in a non-traditional location and studying a language crucial to national security interests.  Awardees are required to secure a position working for the government after graduation for at least one year. Eligibility is limited to current undergraduates who are U.S. citizens.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen at the time of application.
  • You must be a high school graduate, or have earned a GED.
  • You must be matriculated in an undergraduate degree program. Boren Scholars must remain matriculated in their undergraduate programs for the duration of the scholarship and may not graduate until the scholarship is complete.
  • You 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.

Link to Official Website

When to apply

Students should begin the application process in the Fall semester.

Next Steps

If you are interested in applying for the Boren Scholarship, please follow the steps listed below.

  1. Review the information on this webpage to learn more about the fellowship, determine your eligibility to apply, and review upcoming deadlines and events.
  2. After reviewing this information, if you have further questions, please make an appointment with a CUSE fellowships advisor or contact us at
  3. If you decide to move forward with the application process, please complete the Interest Form (Google Form) and submit a resume as an attachment via email to We suggest that you compose your Pre-Application responses offline and then copy and paste them into the Pre-Application. (Download a PDF Version of the Pre-Application for your reference.)
  4. Within one week of the Pre-Application Deadline, we will follow up with you. If you have not heard from CUSE within one week of the Pre-Application Deadline, please contact us at

Calendar of Deadlines and Events

Fall 2018 Schedule Information Meeting with Elise
December 14, 2018 Deadline to submit an interest form
December 30, 2018 First Draft Due Date on Sakai
January 14, 2019 Second Draft Due Date on Sakai
January 25, 2018 Campus Application Due Date
Week of January 28, 2019 Campus Committee Interviews
February 7, 2019 National Application Deadline
Late April 2019 All Applicants Notified of Status