National Security Education Program: David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships and Graduate Fellowships

For: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors and recent graduates
Field: Foreign languages and cultures
UAA Deadline: November 17, 2011
National Deadline: February 9, 2012
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NSEP Boren Undergraduate Scholarships are designed to provide American undergraduates 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 a commitment to seek work in the federal government. As students of other cultures and languages, NSEP Scholars begin to acquire the international competence needed to communicate effectively across borders, to understand other perspectives and to analyze increasingly fluid economic and political realities.

NSEP Boren scholarships are merit based. Award amounts are based on the study abroad costs and financial aid information provided by the applicant. The maximum award is $8,000 for a summer, $10,000 for a semester or $20,000 for a full academic year. Students must inform NSEP of any additional outside funding they receive for their study abroad program.

The National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships enable US graduate students to add an important international and language component to their education through specialization in area study, language study or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support students pursuing the study of languages, cultures and world regions that are critical to US national security but are less frequently studied by US graduate students (i.e., areas of the world other than Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand) and who are highly motivated by the opportunity to work in the federal government. It is hoped that recipients of Boren Fellowships will comprise an ever-growing cadre of experts whose enriched educational and professional experiences will enable them to provide leadership and direction in our national commitment to economic growth, international peace and security and the promotion of democracy abroad.

The amount of an NSEP Boren scholarship varies on the basis of financial need and the cost of participating in a proposed study abroad program. The maximum award for overseas study is $12,000 per semester for up to two semesters ($24,000 total).

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