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.
- $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:
- 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.
- Email the following materials to Katie Capra at firstname.lastname@example.org in one Word document. You will be contacted to arrange a one-on-one advisement appointment where feedback on your materials will be provided.
- 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 COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING:
Submit your complete Boren Scholarship application online by 12:00pm. (Because you registered through USC, your application will come into our management.) 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.
USC Boren Applicant Resources
- Research and Fellowships Week Boren Awards Information Session: October 31, 1-1:50pm in DML 240
- Boren Scholarship Webinars hosted by Boren Awards Staff
- Suggested USC Boren Scholarship Applicant Timeline
- Binder of successful Boren Scholarship essays in STU 300 (no appointment needed)
- Tips for Crafting Competitive Boren Essays
- Subscribe to the Boren Newsletter
- Boren Scholarship Information Session & Alumni Panel Video (Recorded 11/10/16)
- Boren Awards Information Session Video with visiting Boren Representative (November 2015)
Open Advising: Mid-September – Mid-November
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