The Boren Scholarship provides funding to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad. Boren Scholars represent many academic fields but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages.
This award is the undergraduate portion of the Boren Awards for International Study, (which includes a Boren Graduate Fellowship—see separate listing). It was established by the National Security Education Act of 1991, in honor of Senator David L. Boren of Oklahoma. Boren Scholarships are funded through the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security.
The Boren Undergraduate Scholarships offered through NSEP are designed to help prepare American students to enter professional life with more than a traditional knowledge of a foreign language and culture; acquire cross-cultural understanding and a global outlook; and enhance career and leadership opportunities in all fields-business, government, education, science and technology.
The term of the Boren Undergraduate Scholarship is one semester to an academic year (applications for longer programs are given preference).
Maximum scholarship awards are:
Preference is also shown to applicants studying in certain fields critical to U.S. national security (e.g. Agricultural and Food Sciences, Area Studies, Business and Economics, Computer and Information Sciences, Foreign Languages, Health and Biomedical Science, History, International Affairs, Law, Mathematics, Science and Engineering, Social Sciences, Political Science and Policy Studies.)
As a U.S. undergraduate student, you are eligible to apply if you are:
African Languages Initiative (AFLI)
For the fourth year in a row, through the African Languages Initiative (AFLI) funding is available for Boren Scholars and Fellows to study one of the following languages at the University of Florida's summer 2014 program prior to commencing their overseas Boren funded programs.
It is for instruction in the following languages: Akan/Twi, French (requires intermediate-high or above proficiency), Hausa, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba, Zulu.
In addition, African Languages Initiative oversas programs are available for intensive language and cultural study during fall semester 2014 in the following countries: Senegal (French), Mozambique (Portuguese), Tanzania (Swahili).
Outline of Boren NSEP Requirements
The NSEP Service Requirement stipulates that a Boren Scholarship or Fellowship award recipient work in the Federal Government in a position with national security responsibilities. Past recipients have fulfilled their Service Requirement in a wide variety of federal offices.
The duration of the service requirement is equal to the duration of assistance provided under the program, but in no case less than one year.
If you are interested in applying for the Boren Undergraduate Scholarship, Stanford students must apply through the Overseas Resource Center (ORC). We can assist you on the following aspects of your application:
Please link above for the Boren Scholarship home page for this year's application.
For the Campus Deadline you submit the following supplementary materials to the ORC:
You will be asked to attest that you have read some background information on the origins and purpose of the Boren.
A campus level evaluation will be conducted following the campus deadline. Stanford faculty and staff members from various departments will form the campus committee. Following the campus level evaluation, applications will then be forwarded to the national selection committee by the national deadline.
Scholarship award recipients will be notified in early May.
The staff of the Overseas Resource Center is readily available to help you with your application. If you need assistance in defining your proposal or simply want someone to read over your completed application, please contact the ORC.
Stanford Undergraduates and State Department Travel Warnings
Stanford Undergraduates face particular challenges in wishing to use the Boren Scholarship to study in countries where the U.S. Department of State has a Travel Warning. You can find information on which countries have travel warnings here.
Stanford currently has a policy, similar to many other institutions, that prohibits the use of university funds to support undergraduates in countries with travel warnings. This policy can be found here.
Additionally, Boren requires an institutionally signed form for any applicant applying to country with a Travel Warning. This form has to be submitted after an award is made. Stanford is not prepared to sign such a form. This means that undergraduates should not apply for a Boren to study in a country with a Travel Warning issued by the State Department. If you have such an interest, please talk to an advisor in the ORC so we can help you think about other programs.