Boren Scholarship for International Study


About the Boren Awards
Award Amounts
USC Preferred Deadline
USC Final Deadline
National Deadline
Applicant Resources & Webinars

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.


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 a full academic year

USC Preferred Campus Deadline

Sunday, November 19, 2017 by 11:59pm


Begin a Boren Scholarship application in Embark and select USC as your current institution.  Save your application so you are registered through USC.

Email the following materials to Academic Honors and Fellowships staff at in one Word document.   In your email, please include your meeting availability (i.e. Monday from 2-4, Tuesdays 9-11, Fridays all day).  Follow up advising appointments will be made on a first come, first serve basis once your materials are received.  You are welcome to send your materials in BEFORE November 19.

  • 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)

USC Final Campus Deadline

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 by 12pm noon


Submit your complete Boren Scholarship application online by 12pm noon. (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 11-12, 2018

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

Boren Scholarship National Deadline

February 8, 2018


USC Boren Applicant Resources


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