Boren Scholarship for International Study


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

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

Friday, November 18, 2016 by 4:30pm


Begin a Boren Scholarship application in Embark and select USC as your current institution.  Save your application so you are registered through USC.  (You are encouraged to continue working on your application, but this portion does not need to be submitted until Jan 4.)

Email the following materials to Katie Capra in one Word document by November 18.   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 18.

  • 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 4, 2017 by 4:30pm


Submit your complete application online by 4:30pm. (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 12-13, 2017

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


Boren Scholarship National Deadline

February 9, 2017


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USC Boren Applicant Resources

Boren Scholarship Webinars

Understanding the NSEP Service Requirement Monday, January 9, 2017 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST
Scholarships Alumni Panel Thursday, January 12, 2017 7:00 – 8:00 PM EST
Crafting Competitive Essays Tuesday, January 17, 2017 4:00 – 5:00 PM EST
Crafting Competitive Essays Friday, January 20, 2017 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST
Putting on the Final Touches Thursday, February 2, 2017 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST

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Previous USC Boren Scholars

Jason Tse, 2015-2016 CLS & Boren Scholar in Tajikistan
Melissa Kil, 2016 Boren Scholarship Recipient (South Korea) at Boren Awards Pre-departure Convocation in Washington, DC
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Alex Melnik, 2016-2017 Indonesia Boren Scholar, giving a speech at Universitas Negeri Malang’s International Student Convocation















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