Boren Awards for USA students to Study Abroad

US Departement of Defense
Study abroad programs

Deadline: 24/31 Jan 2024 (annual)
Study in: Countries outside the U.S.
Course starts 2024/2025

Brief description:

Funded by the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO), Boren Awards provindes funding to US undergraduate and graduate students to pursue studies, research, and language study programs in world regions critical to U.S. interests.

Host Institution(s):

Organisations in any country outside Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand

Level/Field(s) of study:

Studies, research, and language study in preferred fields of study.

All Boren Awards-funded programs must include language study as a core element for the duration of the grant.

Number of Scholarships:

Not specified

Target group:

Undergraduate and graduate students who are US citizens

Scholarship value/inclusions:

Maximum awards are determined by the duration abroad (up to $8,000 for 8-11 weeks (STEM majors only); up to $12,000 for domestic language study; up to $12,500 for 12-24 weeks; and up to to $25,000 for 25-52 weeks.


All applicants must be:

  • • U.S. citizens at the time of the national application deadline
  • • A high school graduate, or have earned a GED
  • • At least 18 years of age or older at the time of the national application deadline
  • • Planning an overseas program in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand
  • • Planning to study in a country of which they are not a citizen
  • • Matriculated for the duration of their Boren Awards-funded program in an undergraduate or graduate degree program located within the United States and accredited by a body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
  • • (For ROTC cadets and midshipmen and members of the military Reserves or National Guard) In inactive, non-drilling status for the duration of their Boren Awards-funded program

In addition to these basic eligibility criteria, the Boren Awards give preference to programs based on their duration, focus on intensive study of a preferred language in a preferred country, and the applicant’s field of study.

Boren Fellows have additional guidelines for self-designed research, internship, and study programs.

Boren Scholars and Fellows must remain matriculated in a degree program at a U.S. post-secondary institution for the duration of their Boren Awards-funded program

Application instructions:

Applications are done online. The application deadline for the Boren Scholarship is 31 January 2024 at 5:00 p.m. ET while the application deadline for the Boren Fellowship is 24 January 2024 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

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