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Boren Scholarship

Boren Scholarship



1343 Garrett-Strong



Dr. Brett Chloupek

Campus Advisor

What is the Boren?

Boren ScholarshipAn initiative of the National Security Education Program, Boren Scholarships provide funding for US students who have an interest in learning less commonly taught languages in world regions deemed critical to the US national security. Boren Scholars are highly motivated students who wish to work in the federal national security arena and contribute to the U.S. national security, which now has a widened scope that encompasses novel concerns and challenges of global society such as population growth and migration, global health and hunger, world economy, environmental degradation, and sustainable development.

Boren Scholarships allow undergraduate students to study in any country outside of the United States, Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.

Applications that express an interest in studying in non-preferred areas and make a compelling case that such study can contribute significantly to U.S. national security and the goals of the program are preferred. Boren Fellowships are available for graduate students to pursue critical language study.

How to Apply

In your application, consider the preferred countries, languages and fields of study. The Boren also prefers undergraduates to study abroad for a longer period of time to encourage greater language and cultural immersion, so preference is given to those students. Preference also is given to students who are committed to a career in the federal government. The application includes two essays one about the significance of your chosen country and language to U.S. national security and one the focuses on your current academic plan and your future career. You also include 2-3 letters of recommendations. The graduate fellowship is similar but asks for a year-long proposal.

For more information:

Campus deadline:

  • January - February
  • Contact Dr. Chloupek for specific details

Stories from Boren Recipients

Yanisha Brown

2005 Boren Scholarships
University of Arkansas
Mandarin, China
International Relations

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