The David L. Boren undergraduate Scholarships and graduate Fellowships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. The Boren Awards provide American students with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation, in exchange for their commitment to seek work in the federal government.
The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. Boren Scholars may study abroad in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Click here to see the listing of emphasized countries.
Maximum Boren Scholarship awards are:
- $8,000 for a summer program: special initiative for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) students only; 8-week minimum
- $10,000 for a semester
- $20,000 for a year (at least one summer and one semester)
Boren Fellowships provide up to $24,000 for overseas
If you are studying abroad for Summer 2016, Fall 2016, and/or Spring 2017, you may apply for UNC-CH’s endorsement by the November 2015 endorsement application deadline or by the final Boren deadline in late January for graduate students or early February 2016 for undergraduate students. Review the Boren Scholarship Calendar for a detailed application timeline.
The Boren is especially interested in applicants to
the summer STEM program, the African Flagship Languages Initiative, the Boren-ROTC Initiative, and programs that will last at least one summer and one semester.
Visit the Boren Awards page by clicking here
Visit the Boren Scholarships page by clicking here
Visit the Boren Fellowships page by clicking here