Boren Scholarships

Deadline 02/09/2017
Eligibility Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors
Contact Ned Quigley
Website http://www.borenawards.org/


The Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduates to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad.  Examples include Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.  Boren Scholars study less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. Applicants must identify how their study abroad program, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined.  NSEP recognizes 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.


  Boren Scholarships are for undergraduate students. A student is eligible to apply for the Boren Scholarship if he/she is:

  • A U.S. citizen at the time of application.
  • A high school graduate, or have earned a GED, and are matriculated in an undergraduate degree program in a U.S. post-secondary institution, including universities, colleges and community colleges accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Applying to engage in a study abroad experience in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand that meets home institution standards.
  • Planning to use the scholarship for study abroad, and the study abroad program ends before you graduate. Boren Scholarships are not for study in the United States.


$10,000 for a semester; $20,000 for the academic year.


Complete and submit the online application to Ned Quigley.  You must also submit two letters of recommendation by the campus deadline.  In addition, submit the following:

  1. An official transcripts from all colleges and universities     attended. Freshmen must also include high school transcripts.
  2. Choose one of the following:
    1. One page study abroad program     description with cost information. (This may be a page from the program’s     website or a photocopy of part of the program brochure.)
    2. If you set up a direct enrollment or     individually arranged study abroad program, please provide two letters of     support. The first letter should be from your home institution and the     second letter should be from your overseas host institution.
  3. Language self-assessment (Language self-assessment guide)
  4. Language proficiency form (optional)

All application materials can be hand-delivered to the J Walter Wilson Building, the Office of International Programs, Suite 420 or sent to: 

Ned B. Quigley
Chair, The Boren Scholarships
Office of International Programs
J Walter Wilson Building, Suite 420
PO Box 1973, Brown University
Providence, RI 02912