Boren Awards for International Study

Who is eligible? U.S. citizens matriculated as freshmen, sophomores, juniors, or seniors in a U.S. post-secondary institution. Students interested in acquiring another language through a study abroad program in a country of importance to U.S. security concerns. Applicants should possess some commitment to future work in federal service. Awardees take on a commitment to work for at least a year with some office within the U.S. Department of State.
When is the Deadline? Campus: December 16, 2013
Boren: February 5, 2014
Description Boren was designed to provide U.S. undergraduates with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experience in countries and areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation.
How Do I Apply? Applications are obtained from the Boren representative on each campus. You must identify a primary and secondary choice of study abroad programs that provide the kind of experience you need, as outlined in your application essay.
Essay(s): The Statement of Purpose, which integrates the student's rationales for study abroad in a specific country, the student's academic and career aspirations, and the relationship of the student's goals with U.S. national security interests.
What happens after I submit an application? IIE/Boren processes applications and distributes application packets for regional screening panel review.
What's next? In April, scholarship recipients are announced and award packets are distributed.

Boren was established by the National Security Education Act of 1991, which created the National Security Education Board, the National Security Education Program, and a trust fund in the U.S. Treasury to provide resources for scholarships, fellowships and grants. It is guided by a mission to develop national capacity to educate U.S. citizens, understand foreign cultures, strengthen U.S. economic competitiveness, and enhance international cooperation and security. The Program realizes this mission by supporting the training of young college graduates who are linguistically adept and knowledgeable about the cultures of other countries.

For more information visit the Boren website