Syracuse University

Center for Fellowship & Scholarship Advising

Boren Undergraduate Scholarship

About the Boren Undergraduate Scholarship

Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and offer up to $20,000 for language training 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 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.”

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).

Location of award, if applicable: International Study

Eligible applicants:

– must be US citizens.
– can be freshman, sophomores, juniors or seniors.
– are willing to agree to a postgraduate service requirement with the federal government.
– have career aspirations in government work.

University endorsement required?


Citizenship requirement:

Must be U.S. citizen

The Boren Undergraduate Scholarship application process:

Work with CFSA and SU Abroad to find an appropriate study abroad program outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.
Review the application instructions on the scholarship website and then register as a new user to start your application.

The application opens in August.

Application components include:
– the completed online application form,
– two letters of recommendation, with an option to submit a third,
– two essays (the prompts are posted on the scholarship website),
– official transcript(s).

Applications are due to the Boren Campus Committee in January for study abroad in fall or spring of the following academic year.

The national deadline is early February.

Interested? Contact CFSA for information on how to get started.

Advising contact:

Professor Erika Haber  Email: More Information:

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