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Scholarship Resources Office, University of Colorado Denver

Boren Scholarship

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships
                                           International Study                              
Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP).  NSEP is a federal initiative designed to build a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language and international skills.  Particular regions where studying is critical include Africa, Asia, Central/Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. 
Boren Scholarship and Fellowships seek individuals who wish to work in the Federal National Security arena.  The NSEP Service Requirement stipulates that an award recipient work in a Federal Government in a position with national security responsibilities. The Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, State, or any element of the Intelligence Community are priority agencies. If an award recipient demonstrates to NSEP that no appropriate position is available in one of these agencies, the award recipient must seek to fulfill the requirement in a position with national security responsibilities in any Federal department or agency.  Recipients must make a commitment to work in the Federal Government for a minimum of 1 year following graduation.  Boren Scholars must begin fulfilling the service requirement within three years of graduation.  
The study of language that is appropriate to the identified country/region must be an integral part of each application.  Applicants must demonstrate commitment to language and demonstrate how he or she will continue studying the language beyond the scholarship or fellowship period.  Applicants must also demonstrate language development, maintenance or advanced proficiency in language inside and outside of the classroom.  With the exception of French and Spanish, there are no minimum language requirements.  All Boren Scholarship and Fellowship award recipients are required to be tested for proficiency in the language to be studied both before and after the study abroad experience.  You must take the test at least two months before you depart for your program and again upon your return at the conclusion of the program. 
Preferred areas of study                                                                                                                    
  • Agricultural and Food Sciences
  • Area Studies
  • Business and Economics
  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • Foreign Languages
  • Health and Biomedical Science
  • History
  • International Affairs
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences and Engineering
  • Social Sciences
  • Political Science and Policy Studies
Boren Scholarships-Undergraduate
Focus- U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests but underrepresented in study abroad programs
Eligibility- U.S. citizens enrolled as an undergraduate in an accredited U.S. institution, and must complete their programs before graduation
Length of Study- Scholarships are available for full academic year or semester programs with preference given to applicants studying for at least 6 months
Maximum scholarship awarded 
$20,000/full academic year
DEADLINE- February

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