Boren Scholarship for International Study

Study a language that is critical to U.S. interests and is underrepresented in study abroad programs!


Online application availability

August; Check for details

Campus deadline

Early January; candidates may apply directly

National deadline

Early February


Applicant education level

Sophomore or junior

Open to applicants who have

completed an undergraduate degree?


Open to applicants not currently

enrolled in college/university classes?


Open to (non-U.S.) international students?


Age limit


Are applicants limited to specific fields of study?

No; but there is a special initiative for STEM students

Are students required to demonstrate financial need?


Minimum G.P.A.

None; but academic excellence is a must

Average G.P.A. of recipients



UAA Institutional Endorsement

Not Required

Advising Appointment

Schedule an advising appointment with the Boren Scholarship Campus Representative, Dr. Francisco Miranda, at or at 907.786.4035 to discuss intent to apply


Depend on specific language and program of study

For more details, visit

Additional requirements:

  • Boren Scholarship applicants must be matriculated in a U.S. college or university upon application and throughout the duration of the award
  • Boren Fellowship applicants may apply prior to matriculating as graduate student but must show proof of matriculation in order to accept the award


Boren Scholarships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for US undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to US interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Central America, and the Middle East

The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded

Boren Scholars represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena

In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least a year after graduation


 Award amount depends on specific length of study


  • Up to $8,000 for a summer program (special initiative for STEM students only; 8 weeks minimum)
  • Up to $10,000 for a semester program
  • Up to $20,000 for a year long program

Can the award be deferred?


Can the award be renewed?


Specific notes and/or exceptions

For more information about eligibility requirements, please visit:


Key characteristics sought by Review Committee:

  • Meets Boren Scholarship preferences for country, language, field, length of study, and commitment to federal government service
  • Makes a compelling case if above preferences are not met
  • Provides clear national security argument for study abroad program
  • Demonstrates commitment to language study
  • Has a clear study
  • Possesses appropriate academic preparation, cultural adaptability, flexibility, resiliency, and maturity
  • Preference is given to applicants who propose a full year of academic study abroad, and who are highly motivated by the opportunity to work in the federal government


Applicants should familiarize themselves with  specific languages, regions of the world, and potential programs of study supported by the Boren Scholarship by visiting

  • Find a faculty member willing to serve as your mentor throughout the application process
  • Schedule an advising appointment with the Boren Scholarship Campus Representative, Dr. Francisco Miranda, at or at 907.786.4035 the semester before you plan to apply for the award
  • Register at and start completing the application
  • Start researching your proposed study abroad program according to the Boren guidelines
  • Consider your language background, the coursework, the learning opportunities outside of the classroom, and the academic content of the program
  • Start organizing your study abroad budget according to the Boren guidelines
  • Start developing your essays, of which there are two:
    • 1) Significance of your proposed county, region and language of study to US national security; and how the country, language and overseas program you selected will help you achieve your career goals, including your plans to fulfill the federal service requirement
    • 2) Detailed description of your program of study, and your previous language experience
  • 2-3 letters of recommendation are necessary, of which two should be academic; and the third is optional
  • Select two (2) instructors who can comment on your academic achievement, linguistic proficiency abilities, and personal preparation for the study abroad program, especially as they relate to the Boren Scholarship objectives; and on your ability to complete your proposed study abroad program
    • The third letter of recommendation is optional and should only be submitted if it would strengthen your application
  • Submit a complete application online by the CAMPUS DEADLINE
  • Prepare for individual CAMPUS INTERVIEW, which will take place 1-2 weeks after the campus deadline
  • The Boren Scholarship Campus Representative will formally submit an evaluation of your application based on the material submitted and your campus interview as part of your application
  • Boren Scholars will be notified in late April


Number of applications received


Number of applicants rewarded


Is an interview required?

Campus interview: Highly recommended but not required

National interview: No

When are qualifying candidates notified?


When are winning candidates notified?

Mid-late April


Boren Scholarship Campus Representative

Dr. Francisco Miranda





Email address


Webinars for candidates are offered in August-January at

Schedule an advising appointment at or at 907.786.4035