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Boren Scholarship

Important Dates

Campus Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
National Application Deadline (Application Period): 
Wednesday, February 2, 2022
Date of information session event / application workshop: 
Thursday, December 2, 2021 - 12:00

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
  • Email Scholarship/Fellowship Nomination Permission Form and Waiver Form to (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 - Eligibility & Basic Information

2 - Personal & Contact Information

3 - Educational Background

4 - Transcript Upload

5 - Employment History

6 - Activities

7 - Study Abroad Program & Budget 

  • includes a one-page study abroad description

8 - Career Plans (>100 words)

9 - Essays 

  • National Security (800 words max)
  • Motivation and Public Service (800 words max)

10 - Language Self-Assessment

11 - Additional Information

12 - Recommendations - Two or three (2-3) letters of recommendation to be submitted online by references

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  fill out the ORC Interest Form (located at either the top of this page or our ORC homepage). Next, attend an info session. The schedule for current info sessions can be found on the lower left of our ORC homepage:

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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