Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students. The programs focus on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study critical to U.S. national security that are not emphasized in other U.S. study abroad programs. Through a merit-based, national, annual competition, successful applicants distinguish themselves as both highly motivated in their academic and career goals, as well as in their strong commitment to public service. 


Boren Scholars and Fellows come from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and are equipped with the intellectual curiosity and academic training to solve our nation's complex, global problems. They are the public sector's next generation of influencers and innovators. Since 1994, NSEP has awarded over 6,000 Boren Scholarships and Fellowships.


David L. Boren Scholarships 

Boren Scholarships are awarded to U.S. undergraduates for the overseas study of languages and cultures critical to national security. These undergraduate awards provide up to one academic year of funding. Boren Scholars demonstrate their merit for an award of up to $25,000 in part by committing to work for the U.S. Government for at least one year.

David L. Boren Fellowships

Boren Fellowships are awarded to motivated U.S. graduate students who develop independent projects that combine the study of language and culture in areas critical to national security. Awards for up to $30,000 over two years are given and require a commitment to U.S. Government service for at least one year.

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