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The Boren Awards

Offered by Boren Awards

Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated May 22, 2023
Multiple awards worth up to


Grade level

College & Graduate Students

Application deadline:

January 31, 2024

Scholarship Overview

Are you an undergraduate or graduate student interested in studying abroad? If so, consider applying for the Boren Awards! The Boren Awards are open to postsecondary U.S. students interested in studying abroad in world regions critical to U.S. interests. While the Boren Scholarships are open to undergraduate students, the Boren Fellowships are open to graduate students. The Awards are named after David L. Boren, who felt that “the U.S. would work more and more through partnerships with other countries whose needs and perspectives needed to be more fully understood.” Today, the scholarship awards up to $25,000 to Boren Scholars and up to $30,000 to Boren Fellows. Depending on the program duration, focus on language in the preferred country, and field of study of the applicant, the funds and requirements will vary. Thus, we recommend checking out the website for more detailed information.

If you are a postsecondary student passionate about studying in world regions critical to U.S. interests, we encourage you to apply! Bear in mind that the deadlines slightly differ for undergraduate and graduate students. Thus, we recommend checking the deadline before starting your application.

Eligibility information

The scholarship is open to students 18 years or older who are currently enrolled in a U.S. postsecondary institution. Applicants must be planning to study in a country they are not a citizen of and cannot study in Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand. Applicants must also meet the below eligibility requirements.

Grade Level

College & Graduate Students


US Citizens

Academic Interest

Foreign Languages

Application information

To apply for this scholarship, students must submit an online application and the below application materials.


Proof of enrollment

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Scholarship FAQ

Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact Boren Awards at [email protected].

Is this scholarship open to international or DACA students?

No, this scholarship is only open to U.S. Citizens.

Where can I find help writing my scholarship essay?

For help writing the essay component of this scholarship application, check out our guides How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay and How to Start a Scholarship Essay (With Examples).
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