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 (must be enrolled at home institution over the duration of the grant period abroad). The award seeks out students interested in acquiring another language through a study abroad program in a country central in U.S. security concerns. Applicants should possess a credible 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. federal government in an area relevant to national security.
When is the Deadline?
Campus:   Early January
Boren:   Early February
Description Boren is 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 security of the United States. The student applicant is asked to think critically about how his or her interests in study abroad relate to national security --and to make a case for a specific definition of or approach to national security.
How Do I Apply? Applications are online through the Embark system, with the competition typically opening in August. You must identify a primary and secondary choice of study abroad programs that provide the kind of experience you seek as well as the language training you need, as outlined in your application essay.
Essay(s): Their are two, 800-word application essays, one discussing the tie of your country destination to U.S. national security interests and your long-term career goals, and the other detailing the specifics of your target abroad program.
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 or May, 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

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