About the Program

The Boren Scholarship is guided by a mission that seeks to lead in the 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.

Boren Scholars represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.


  • A U.S. citizen at the time of application
  • Matriculated in an undergraduate degree program located within the United States accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Boren Scholars must remain matriculated in their undergraduate programs for the duration of the scholarship and may not graduate until the scholarship is complete.
  • Applying to a study abroad program that meets home institution standards in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand. Boren Scholarships are not for study in the United States.

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 Undergraduate Fellowships Office (Howarth 114J) by emailing fellowships@pugetsound.edu

Campus Deadline is in December.

See the Boren Scholarship website