The Boren Scholarship is the undergraduate portion of the Boren Awards for International Study, (which includes a Boren Graduate Fellowship—see separate listing). It was established by the National Security Education Act of 1991, in honor of Senator David L. Boren of Oklahoma. The Boren Undergraduate Scholarships offered through NSEP are designed to help prepare American students to enter professional life with more than a traditional knowledge of a foreign language and culture; acquire cross-cultural understanding and a global outlook; and enhance career and leadership opportunities in all fields-business, government, education, science and technology.
The term of the Boren Undergraduate Scholarship is one semester to an academic year (applications for longer programs are given preference). The amount of this award will vary, but the maximum scholarship award will not exceed $10,000/semester or $20,000/academic year. There is also an 8-week summer program for STEM students with support of up to $8,000.
Preference is also shown to applicants studying in certain fields critical to U.S. national security (e.g. Business, Computer Science. Foreign Languages, Law, IR, History, Science and Engineering, Mathematics, Political Science and Policy Studies, Social Sciences.)
As a U.S. undergraduate student, you are eligible to apply if you meet the following conditions:
African Languages Initiative (AFLI)
The AFLI offers the opportunity for applicants to enhance their Boren Scholarship with additional African language study in the United States and overseas. Although domestic funding is not available as part of the Boren Scholarship, supplemental funding is available for undergraduate students participating in the AFLI initiative at the University of Florida, Gainsville during the summer 2013.
It is for instruction in the following languages: Swahili, Yoruba, Zulu, Akan/Twi, Hausa, Wolof. Those planning on studying Swahili, Yoruba and Zulu in Tanzania, Nigeria and South Africa respectively can enroll for the summer language instruction at U. of Florida, which will require a separate application. Akan/Twi, Hausa and Wolof have no corresponding overseas programs.
Outline of Boren NSEP Requirements
If you are interested in applying for the Boren Undergraduate Scholarship, Stanford students must apply through the Overseas Resource Center (ORC). We can assist you on the following aspects of your application:
Please see the Boren Scholarship home page for this year's application.
For the Campus Deadline you submit the following supplementary materials to the ORC:
You will be asked to attest that you have read some background information on the origins and purpose of the Boren.
A campus level evaluation will be conducted following the campus deadline. Stanford faculty and staff members from various departments will form the campus committee. Following the campus level evaluation, applications will then be forwarded to the national selection committee by the national deadline.
Scholarship award recipients will be notified in early May.
The staff of the Overseas Resource Center is readily available to help you with your application. If you need assistance in defining your proposal or simply want someone to read over your completed application, please contact the ORC.
Stanford Undergraduates and State Department Travel Warnings
Stanford Undergraduates face particular challenges in wishing to use the Boren Scholarship to study in countries where the U.S. Department of State has a Travel Warning. You can find information on which countries have travel warnings here.
Stanford currently has a policy, similar to many other institutions, that prohibits the use of university funds to support undergraduates in countries with travel warnings. This policy can be found here.
Additionally, Boren requires an institutionally signed form for any applicant applying to country with a Travel Warning. This form has to be submitted after an award is made. Stanford is not prepared to sign such a form. This means that undergraduates should not apply for a Boren to study in a country with a Travel Warning issued by the State Department. If you have such an interest, please talk to an advisor in the ORC so we can help you think about other programs.