Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.
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Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
Any U.S. citizen enrolled as an undergraduate in an accredited U.S. institution may apply. For the 2015-16 academic year, there were 750 Boren Scholarship applications and 171 were awarded.
Boren Scholars must complete their programs before graduation. Study of a foreign language appropriate to the identified country or region must be an integral part of each application. Scholars may not study in Western Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or the United States. Boren Scholarships are not for study in the United States With the exception of French and Spanish, there are no minimum language requirements. However, candidates must demonstrate a commitment to the language and demonstrate how he or she will continue studying the language beyond the scholarship period. In addition, Boren Scholars must make a commitment to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year following graduation.
Funds are to be used towards studying less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests but underrepresented in traditional study abroad. See the list of suggested languages and countries. Students should work with the Brandeis Fellowships Office to identify the best study abroad opportunities.
Awards are for up to $10,000 for a semester and $20,000 for a full academic year. Longer periods are recommended and preference will be given to applicants studying abroad for at least six months. Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors may also apply for summer programs of eight weeks or longer.
Use of Funds:
Boren Scholarship awards are designed to pay for the majority of expenses that a typical undergraduate student will have while studying abroad, not including expenses associated with passports/visas, vaccinations, dependents, and personal travel.
For the campus deadline, applicants need to submit a draft of their application, which includes: copy of online application; statement of purpose, in two sections: rationale and a one-page study-abroad description for each program (preferred and alternate); language self-assessment form; language proficiency form (optional); letters of reference (two or three). Materials may be emailed to the Director of Fellowships at firstname.lastname@example.org or dropped off in person. Recommendation letters should be emailed directly to the Director of Fellowships from the recommender.
For more information on the application requirements, please see the How to Apply section of the Boren website.
December 14, 2016
Final Deadline (For Nominees Only):
February 2, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. EST
Early May, 2017
Website: Boren Scholarship
Recent Brandeis University Winners:
Congratulations to our most recent winner, Benjamin Wolkov '15! He will spend the year with the AMIDEAST Program in Morocco. Carly Greenberg '11 (China, P.R.C.) was selected as a finalist in 2009, and prior to that our most recent Boren Scholarship winner was Hadas Kroitoru (Turkey), who was selected in 2004. Past winners and finalists also include Jacob Olidort (Egypt, 2005, finalist), Kai Kadoich (Japan, 2004, finalist), Frances Sullivan-Lewis (Russia, 2001, winner), Noah Browne (South Africa, 2001, winner), and Yasaman Vafai (Dominican Republic, 1995, winner).