OURS National Scholarships

Boren Scholarship

Next Campus deadline:  January 2025

UCB recipients!

Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. They provide up to $25,000 to U.S. undergraduates to study abroad for 8–52 weeks 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. Applicants should identify how their study abroad program, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, 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. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

Prospective applicants must make an individual advising appointment with Alicia Hayes, the Boren Scholarship campus representative.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • be a U.S. citizen at the time of application
  • have a high school diploma or GED and have matriculated in an undergraduate degree program in a U.S. post-secondary institution
  • be pursuing a study abroad experience that meets home institution standards and takes place in a country outside of the United States, Canada, Western Europe, Australia, or New Zealand (a country of which student does not hold citizenship)
  • be planning to use the scholarship to study abroad before graduating (please view the many offerings at Berkeley Study Abroad (opens external site)

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of merit with consideration for program preferences, academic record and potential to succeed in the proposed study abroad program, commitment to international education to fulfill academic and career goals, language interest and aptitude, and the quality and appropriateness of the proposed program and its relevance to the National Security Education Program.

Application Requirements

  • Completed online application
  • Two (up to three) letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (freshmen must also include high school transcripts)

Note: Applicants should submit all materials by the campus deadline, to receive the benefit of the campus ranking. IIE does not encourage students who have missed the campus deadline to submit an application individually, but they will process all applications submitted by the February national deadline.

For more information about this opportunity, visit the Boren Awards website (opens external site).