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Boren Scholarship

Important Dates

Campus Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
National Application Deadline (Application Period): 
Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Application Materials


Open to: 
Eligibility requirements: 
  • U.S. citizen and willing to enter into a service agreement to work for the federal government in the national security arena for at least one year after graduation.
  • Matriculated in an undergraduate degree program in the U. S. accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Remain matriculated in the undergraduate program for the duration of the scholarship and may not graduate until the scholarship is complete.
  • Applying to participate in a study abroad program that meets home institution standards in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.
  • Planning to use the scholarship for study abroad. Boren Scholarships are NOT for study in the U.S.


Application Process: 


The Boren Scholarship has a campus process and requires a Stanford evaluation. Therefore, you need to be aware of two deadlines: a campus deadline and a national deadline. The campus deadline is in mid-January and the ORC will forward all applications for the national competition. The application process is lengthy and requires many months of preparation.

Should I apply?

Important information, which can help you determine if the Boren Scholarship is right for you, can be found here:

Additional information on the Boren Scholarship, including application criteria can be found at:


Other Special Opportunities for Boren Scholars:

African Languages Initiative (AFLI)


For the Campus Deadline please complete the following steps:

  • Email PDF of your online application to Diane Murk and to
  • Email Scholarship/Fellowship Nomination Permission Form and Waiver Form to Diane Murk (will be provided to applicants)
  • NOTE: Do NOT submit your online application through the Boren Slate system until after the campus committee evaluation process is complete. We will provde more information about this step later.
  1. Candidate application
    1. Biographical and Educational Information – Transcripts
    2. Study Abroad Program Description (one-page)
    3. Program Budget
    4. Two Essays
      1. National Security (800 words)
      2. Motivation and Public Service (800 words)
    5. Study Plan
    6. Language Self-Assessment Form
  2. Two-three (2-3) letters of recommendation to be submitted online by references
  3. Language proficiency evaluation form (optional) to be submitted online by reference

Additional Information


How the ORC can help?

After reading this website and the official Boren website you should attend an information session. Info sessions can be found at  This is your first step in working with the ORC team.

Amount Awarded: 
$8,000 summer; $10,000 semester; $20,000 academic year

About the Boren Undergraduate Scholarship

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.

The Boren was established by the National Security Education Act of 1991, in honor of Senator David L. Boren of Oklahoma. The Scholarship is 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 including business, government, education, science and technology. The award is for a period of one semester or one academic year and includes $8,000 for a summer program (special initiative for STEM students only; 8 weeks minimum), $10,000 for a semester, and $20,000 for a full academic year.

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