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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 $36,000. 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 recent award recipients HERE, including Borens.

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

FIRST STEP: CLICK HERE to complete our brief Boren Campus Pre-Application

Fellowship Application Final Deadline: January 29, 2020

Scholarship Application Final Deadline: February 5, 2020

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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