Scholarships & Fee Reductions

Boren Scholarship & Fellowship for International Study

Scholarship Information and Eligibility Requirements

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 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, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Boren Scholars represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security.

Boren Scholarships are for undergraduate students. You are eligible to apply for the Boren Scholarship if you are:

Fellowship Information and Eligibility Requirements

Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to U.S graduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Boren Scholars represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security.

Boren Fellowships are for graduate students. You are eligible to apply for the Boren Fellowship if you are:

Government Service

In exchange for the scholarship or fellowship funding, all Boren Scholars and Fellows must agree to the NSEP Service Requirement to work for the federal government in the national security arena.

On-Campus Deadline

The on-campus deadline and interview dates are the same for the scholarship and fellowship.

Program YearOn-campus DeadlineInterview Dates 
 2018-2019

November 20, 2017

TBD December 2017

Application Deadlines

Boren Scholarship- February 8, 2017
Boren Fellowship- January 30, 2017

Award Amounts

Maximum scholarship awards are:

Maximum fellowship awards are:

How to apply

  1. Speak to the on-campus representative if you are unsure whether or not you are a good fit for Boren.
  2. Begin the online Boren Scholarship and Boren Fellowship early in order to receive updates and tips from Boren and the University of Minnesota representative.
  3. Utilize resources offered by Boren to strength your application, such as informational webinars and the language self-assessment guide
  4. Submit your application by the campus deadline.

Working with the On-Campus Representative

The on-campus representative is able to advise on whether or not you are a good fit for the Boren and provide recommendations on what to include and/or highlight in your essays. The on-campus representative is not able to answer specific questions regarding Boren preferences above and beyond what is posted on the Boren website. You can contact Boren directly by emailing Boren@iie.org or calling 1-800-618-NSEP (6737).

Timothy Jones
Assistant Program Director for National and International Scholarships
University Honors Program

390 Northrop
612.624.5522
natschol@umn.edu

Visit the Boren Awards for International Study web page to learn more and to begin your application.