Boren Scholarship for International Study

About the Boren Awards
Eligibility & Award Details
Dates & Deadlines
Applicant Resources & Webinars
AHF Advising

About the Boren Awards

Boren Scholarships provide funding for U.S. undergraduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Boren Scholarships require rigorous language study and the majority of awardees spend a full academic year overseas.  Applicants must be matriculated in a U.S. college or university upon application and throughout the Boren Scholarship.  In exchange for funding, Boren Scholarship recipients commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

For additional information, visit the Boren Scholarship website here.


Candidates must be:

  • a U.S. citizen at the time of application
  • a high school graduate, or have earned a GED
  • matriculated in an undergraduate degree program located within the United States accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Boren Scholars must remain matriculated in their undergraduate programs for the duration of the scholarship and may not graduate until the scholarship is complete.
  • applying to a study abroad program that meets home institution standards in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.  Boren Scholarships are not for study in the United States.

Award Amounts

  • $8,000 for a summer program (special initiative for STEM students only; 8 weeks abroad minimum)
  • $10,000 for a semester
  • $20,000 for 6-12 months

Dates & Deadlines

Preferred Campus Deadline: Sunday, November 18, 2018 by 11:59pm COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING:

  1. Create an account for your Boren Scholarship application and select USC as your current institution in the Eligibility and Basic Information section.  Save your application so you are registered through USC.  You will not need to submit your online application until the final campus deadline.
  2. Email the following materials to Katie Capra at in one PDF document. You will be contacted to arrange a one-on-one advisement appointment where feedback on your materials will be provided.
    • Current Resume
    • Essay #1 (Significance)
    • Essay #2 (Study Abroad Description)
    • Study abroad program description (this can be copied from the program’s website)
    • The names of your 2-3 Recommenders & Language Evaluator (if applicable)

Final Campus Deadline: Wednesday, January 2, 2019 by 12:00pm noon COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING:

Submit a Boren Scholarship application online and select USC as your current institution in the Eligibility and Basic Information section. (The application will come into USC’s management and will not be sent to Boren yet.)  Your online application should include the following:

  • Biographical data
  • Essay #1 and #2
  • Study abroad program description (this can be a copy of the program’s website)
  • Official transcript(s) that include most recent fall grades.  It is your responsibility to upload transcripts.
  • At least 2 letters of recommendation (a third letter is optional) solicited through Boren application system
  • Language Proficiency Form completed by a faculty member (optional)

Campus Committee Interviews: January 10-11, 2019

After the campus interviews, applicants will have time to edit the application based on the committee’s feedback.

National Deadline: February 7, 2019 at 5pm EST

Boren Scholarships applicants will be notified of their status by mid-to-late April.

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