Boren Scholarship for Study Abroad

Campus Deadline: 15 January 2018

The Boren Scholarship provides funding for study abroad in areas of the world that are deemed critical to US national security interests and/or are underrepresented as study abroad destinations. Countries/regions include Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. (The only countries/regions that are explicitly excluded are Canada, Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, Greenland, and the UK).

The program draws upon a broad definition of “national security”, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting US well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including but not limited to sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population grown and migration, and economic competitiveness.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria:

  • US citizens
  • First-year through seniors (seniors must apply in the Spring semester of their junior year)
  • Study abroad in a non-Western country (i.e., the program will not fund study abroad in Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or NZ)
  • Study abroad program includes language and culture study
  • Study abroad of a semester or longer; students in the STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) fields are eligible for summer study of 8 weeks or longer
  • A plausible explanation describing how/why the intended study abroad program contributes to the applicant’s future academic/career goals AND addresses how the program will contribute to US national security interests (broadly defined)

For sample essays, please see Dean Goldberg.

Application Instructions and Useful links:

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