Boren Scholarships (undergraduate) and Fellowships (graduate) provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to add an international and language component to their education. Boren Awards provide the resources to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation.

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. citizen at the time of application

  • Applying to a study abroad program that meets home institution standards in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.

  • Matriculated in an undergraduate or graduate degree program in a U.S. postsecondary institution accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Undergraduate students majoring in science, technology, engineering, and math are eligible for summer-only programs.

General Information

The David L. Boren National Security Education Program focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. It recognizes that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including: sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness. All applicants must demonstrate how their study programs and future goals are connected to this broad understanding of national security.

Boren Scholarships (for undergraduate students) promote long-term linguistic and cultural immersion; therefore study abroad proposals for two or more semesters are strongly encouraged. If full-year opportunities in the same program are unavailable, students may submit two separate but related applications for study in two different programs. Summer-only programs are limited to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics students. Applications for summer-only programs will be considered if the program is eight weeks or more.

Geographic areas emphasized by the Boren include Africa, East Asia and the Pacific, Eastern and Central Europe, the Near East, South Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. The scholarship may not be used for study in Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

The maximum Boren Scholarship award is $8,000 for the summer, $10,000 per semester, and $20,000 for the academic year. Boren Fellowship amounts are higher; check the Boren website for details. In exchange for scholarship funding, all Boren Scholars are required to work for the federal government for one year, beginning within three years of graduation, in an area that employs their skill set and is related to national security.

Application Instructions

UM undergraduate applicants for the Boren Scholarship must apply by the campus deadline: January 20, 2017. Below you will find detailed instructions on how to apply.

UM Student Application Instructions - Boren

Special Instructions

While graduate students applying for the Boren Fellowship are not required to submit applications to be formally reviewed by the UM campus representative, they are encouraged to make an appointment with the Office of Prestigious Awards and Fellowships for guidance and feedback.

**The PAF office will only provide feedback to applicants who request it and who submit their materials for review a minimum of three weeks in advance of the campus deadline. NO EXCEPTIONS.**

Application Timeline

January 20, 2017  
Boren Scholarship (undergraduate) application materials must be submitted to the Office of Prestigious Awards and Fellowships for review.

January 31, 2017 
Boren Fellowship (graduate) application materials must be received by the foundation.

February 9, 2017 
Completed Boren Scholarship (undergraduate) applications must be received by the foundation along with Campus Reviewers form.