Academic Fellowships

Boren Scholarships for Undergraduate Students

The Boren Scholarship funds the intensive study of language and culture abroad for U.S. undergraduate students who are planning for a career in public service. The program promotes long-term linguistic and cultural immersion, and encourages experiences that last two semesters or more, or 8+ weeks for STEM majors. After graduation, all Boren Scholars complete a one-year federal service requirement by working for one of many government agencies.

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  • U.S. citizens at the time of the national application deadline.
  • 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 degree program located within the United States.

Application Timeline

Intent-to-Apply Deadline: December 1, 2022

Campus Deadline: January 10, 2023

National Deadline: Early February 2023 


  • Maximum Award Amounts: 
    • 8-11 weeks: $8,000 for a summer program (STEM majors only)
    • 12-24 weeks: $12,500
    • 25-52 weeks: $25,000 
  • Non-Competitive Eligibility Status (NCE)
    • NCE is a special status that facilitates their streamlined hiring into federal positions. This means that Boren award recipients can be directly hired by the federal government without competing against the general public or having to go through the same formal hiring process as other candidates.
  • Support from the National Security Education Program (NESP) in your job search after graduation