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 Boren Scholarships provide American undergraduate students with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation, in exchange for their commitment to seek work in the federal government.

 Boren Scholarships are awarded with preference for countries (China, Morocco, etc.), languages (Arabic, Mandarin, etc.), and fields of study (political science, international affairs, languages, etc.) critical to U.S. national security. Preference is also given to students who will study abroad for a full academic year rather than one semester, who desire a particular career in the federal government, and who apply through a Flagship Language Initiative (African Languages, South Asian Languages, and Indonesian Language). Applicants should not apply for a language commonly taught in the U.S., unless through a Flagship Program. In exchange for scholarship funding, all Boren Scholars must agree to the NSEP Service Requirement.

Eligibility In order to be eligible for a Boren Award, you must meet the following requirements:

  • U.S. citizen at the time of application.
  • Matriculated in an accredited undergraduate or graduate degree program.
  • Boren Awards cannot be used for study in the United States, Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.
  • You are not applying for languages commonly taught, except through a Flagship Language Initiative

Selection Criteria

Successful Boren applicants must demonstrate a strong academic record and a record of community involvement and public service.

In addition, Boren Awards are awarded with preferences in the following areas:

  • A detailed, compelling argument for why your chosen language and chosen study-abroad country are important for U.S. national security

  • A demonstrable desire to work in the federal government beyond the minimum year required

Please note: While Boren Scholarships are only available to undergraduate students, the Boren Fellowship program offers similar support for graduate students. For more information, visit the Boren Fellowship webpage.  

For more detailed information about Boren Scholarships and Fellowships, please visit the Boren Awards for International Study website.

When you should start thinking about the Boren? During your freshman year at CUA.

When should you begin the application? As long as you are one year away from graduating.

2018-2019 Competition Timeline

  • Late summer 2018: The application for the 2019-2020 Boren Scholarship Competition will be available online

  • 15 January 2019: Boren Scholarship CUA campus deadline

  • February 2018: Boren Scholarship National Application Deadline

  • Late April 2018: Winners selected and notified

On Campus Sessions 

18 January 2018: Fulbright and Boren Information Session (Pryzbyla 327, 5pm-6pm)

15 March 2018: Fulbright, Marshall, Truman, and Boren Information Session (Pryzbyla 351, 5pm-6pm)

Online Resources


Boren Scholarships and Fellowships offer regular, synchronous webinars for potential applicants.

For specific dates and times for upcoming webinars, visit the Boren Webinar page.

 For More Information

For more information, please contact Sarah Taylor, Fellowships Coordinator (