Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to add an international and language component to their educations.  Boren Scholarships 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.

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. citizen at the time of application
  • Matriculated in an undergraduate degree program in a U.S. postsecondary institution accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Students majoring in science, technology, engineering, and math are eligible for summer-only programs.
  • Applying to a study abroad program that meets home institution standards in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.

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

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 Scholarhip 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 Web site for details. In exchange for scholarship funding, all Boren Scholars are required to work for the Federal Government in an area that employs their skill set and is related to national secureity. Boren Scholars must begin fulfilling the serivice requirement within three years of graduation.

Application Instructions

UM undergraduate applicants for the Boren Scholarship must apply by the campus deadline: January 21, 2014. Below you will find detailed instructions on how to apply.
UM Student Application Instructions - Boren 2014

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 application guidance and feedback

Deadline Dates

January 21, 2014   Boren Scholarship (undergraduate) campus deadline; application materials must be received in the Office of Prestigious Awards and Fellowships.

Late January 2014  Boren Fellowship (graduate) application materials must be received by the Institute of International Education.

Early February 2014  Completed Boren Scholarship application along with the Campus Reviewers form and other supporting documents must be received by the Institute of International Education.