Syracuse University

Center for Fellowship & Scholarship Advising

Boren STEM Initiative

About the Boren STEM Initiative

Boren Scholarships for STEM students are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and offer up to $8,000 for summer language training, coursework, and cultural immersion in areas critical to US interests but underrepresented in study abroad, such as Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Boren STEM scholars can clearly articulate links between their study of less commonly taught languages (such as Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, or Swahili), their academic and career goals, and the concerns of US national security. NSEP defines national security in broad terms, “recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including: sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.”

The Boren STEM Initiative is a special summer program for students majoring in STEM fields. Recipients must spend a minimum of 8 weeks in their host country pursuing one of the three available tracks: language only study, language study and additional coursework, or language study with a STEM-related (unpaid) internship placement. Students may choose a study abroad program that includes STEM-related coursework, but are not required to do so.

Boren has a service requirement that requires scholars to serve for one year within the United States Federal Government in a position that deals with U.S. national security (broadly defined).

Special Location of award, if applicable: Abroad

Eligible applicants:

– are undergraduate students with majors in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics
– are U.S. citizens at the time of applying
– are willing to agree to the Boren postgraduate service requirement

Student year:

Student year at time of application:  Undergraduate – Any year

University endorsement required?

Yes

Citizenship requirement:

Must be U.S. citizen

The Boren STEM Initiative application process:


Work with CFSA and SU Abroad to find an appropriate study abroad program outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand. Explore the Boren awards website.

The application opens in August. Contact CFSA to get started!

Advising contact:

Jolynn Parker  Email:  jmpark02@syr.edu
More Information:  https://www.borenawards.org/boren_scholarship/stem.html

Enter any terms you are interested, such as “Government” or “Biotechnology”,