Boren Scholarship

The Boren Scholarship was established by the National Security Education Act of 1991, which created the National Security Education Board, the National Security Education Program and a trust fund in the U.S. Treasury to provide resources for scholarships, fellowships and grants. It is guided by a mission that seeks to lead in development of the national capacity to educate U.S. Citizens, understand foreign cultures, strengthen U.S. Economic competitiveness and enhance international cooperation and security.

The Boren Scholarship was designed to provide American undergraduates with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experience in countries and areas of the world critical to the future security of our nations. As a student of another culture and language you will begin to acquire the international competence you need to communicate effectively across borders, understand other perspectives and analyze increasingly fluid economic and political realities.

Four Principal Objectives Form the Boren Scholarships Mission:

  1. To equip Americans with an understanding of less commonly taught languages and cultures and enable the United States to remain integrally involved in global issues related to U.S. National Security.
  2. To build a critical base of future leaders both in government service and in higher education, who have cultivated international relationships and worked and studied alongside experts of other countries.
  3. To develop a cadre of professionals with more than the traditional knowledge of language and culture who can use this ability to help the U.S. make sound decisions on and deal effectively with global issues related to U.S. National Security.
  4. To enhance institutional capacity and increase the number of faculty who can educate U.S. Citizens toward achieving these goals.

A nomination is required for this scholarship and applicants must work closely with the Fellowships Director and faculty mentor. To discuss the application process, schedule an appointment with the Graduate and Undergratue Fellowships Office (Howarth 114J) by emailing

Campus Deadline is in December.

See the Boren Scholarship website.