Boren Scholarships - NSEP


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

  • A U.S. citizen at the time of application.
  • A high school graduate, or have earned a GED, and are matriculated in an undergraduate degree program in a U.S. post-secondary institution, including universities, colleges and community colleges accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Applying to engage in a study abroad experience in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand that meets home institution standards.
  • Planning to use the scholarship for study abroad, and the study abroad program ends before you graduate.

The program focuses on geographic areaslanguages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security.

It draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including: sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness. All applicants must demonstrate how their study programs and future goals are connected to this broad understanding of national security. In exchange for scholarship funding, all Boren Scholars must agree to the NSEP Service Requirement.

Click here to find out what makes a competitive application.


Late August - application available online

Early February - online application and supplementary materials due

Early May - scholarship recipients notified by mail

*Timeline subject to change. For official dates and additional deadlines, click here.

Click here for the online application.

Contact Lena Johnson, Director of International Programs at, for assistance with the Boren-NSEP application process.

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