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Boren Scholarships and Fellowships


Boren Scholars (undergraduate students) and Fellows (graduate students) represent highly motivated individuals who are interested in long-term linguistic and cultural immersion and the national security arena. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP) to enhance U.S. understanding of foreign cultures and languages, strengthen U.S. economic competitiveness, and enhance international cooperation and security around issues such as sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, conflict, and population growth and migration. The undergraduate scholarship provides up to $20,000 to study abroad in areas of the world underrepresented in study abroad; the graduate fellowship provides up to $30,000. Preference is given to those students who propose to study abroad for 6+ months. Boren Scholars must agree to the NSEP service requirement of one year of federal service.

Learn more about UT’s most recent Boren Scholars here.

For guidance on writing a letter of recommendation for a Boren applicant, please click here.

Campus Pre-Application Deadline: TBA

*If you have missed this Pre-Application deadline, but are still interested in applying for a Boren, please e-mail*

Campus Application Deadline: TBA

All students applying to the Boren Awards are required to meet with the ONSF for review of application materials. Schedule your Boren consultation appointment here.

Fellowship Application Final Deadline: TBA

Scholarship Application Final Deadline: TBA

Eligibility Criteria:

  • A U.S. citizen at the time of application
  • A high school graduate
  • Enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate degree program in the U.S. through the duration of the scholarship period
  • Apply to a study abroad program that meets home institution standards in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand, with a focus on language study and cultural immersion

Application Process:
Applicants should meet with ONSF staff as they begin the application process. 

All applicants must first complete ONSF’s Boren Pre-Application.

Following that, students will complete the Boren application by the UT Campus Deadline. The application covers eligibility information, educational background, overseas experience, relevant activities and awards, study abroad program information, a budget, career plans, and two essays.

Subsequently, students will participate in brief campus interviews, which will be followed by an application revision period ahead of the national deadline, by which time students must submit full application packages, including any language assessments and letters of recommendation.


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