The Boren Scholarship is funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), established in 1991 by the National Security Education Act, in order to lead in the development of U.S. education and the understanding of foreign cultures. Their mission is to enhance cooperation between nations and to strengthen U.S. economic competitiveness and security.
The Boren Scholarship is a merit-based program designed to enable undergraduate students to study languages and world regions that are considered critical to U.S. national security. In exchange, Boren Scholars commit to one year of service in a government position related to national security.
Students apply for the Boren Scholarship to fund a study abroad program in a region or country considered critical to U.S. national security. The Scholarship may fund a one-semester program or a full academic year program. Applicants may also propose a combination of summer study with a semester or year-long program. Summer-only programs are an option only for students in the STEM fields (sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics).
The maximum scholarship awards are $10,000 for one semester and $20,000 for a full academic year.
- be a U.S. citizen
- be a current undergraduate student
- apply separately for study abroad in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand
- receive the endorsement of Fordham University through the Office for Prestigious Fellowships
Strong preference is given to students proposing a full year of study overseas. The longer the term, the better!
Boren Scholars must maintain enrollment as undergraduate students at Fordham through the duration of the scholarship period. Graduating seniors are eligible to apply and should speak with the Boren campus representative about their unique circumstances.
All applicants for the Boren Scholarship must receive university endorsement through a campus review process. Candidates should meet with the designated Boren campus representative for guidance throughout the application process.
The scholarship supports study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the Middle East. Study in the countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand is excluded.
External deadline: February 2012 (TBA)
Campus deadline: January 2012 (TBA). Prospective applicants must meet with the Boren Campus Representative early in the Fall 2011 semester.
Elizabeth Brown, Boren Campus Representative