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San Diego State University

National Scholarships and Fellowships

Boren Scholarship for Undergraduates 

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

Boren Scholars represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili.

Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Applicants should identify how their study abroad program, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined. NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.

In exchange for scholarship funding, all Boren Scholars must fulfill the NSEP Service Requirement in the Federal Government. Most service runs for the length of the original award (one year).


Boren also has several new initiatives: 


STEM Initiative: Summer Scholarships are available for undergraduate students in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematical fields. 


South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative: Boren awards applicants have the opportunity to further their study of Hindi and Urdu.  


Boren-ROTC Initiative: The Boren Scholarship offers a special initiative for undergraduate ROTC cadets and midshipmen.  


African Flagship Languages Initiative: Boren Award applicants have the opportunity to further their study of Akan/Twi, French, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof, and Zulu. 

Boren Fellowship for Graduate Students

Fellowship awards are made for a minimum of one semester and a maximum of two years. The maximum award is $30,000; $12,000 per semester for up to two semesters for overseas study, and $12,000 maximum for domestic only study. Students must be enrolled at an accredited U.S. institution and pursuing a graduate degree; graduating seniors must provide proof of acceptance into a graduate program to receive the award.

The NSEP service requirement stipulates that a recipient must work a minimum of one year in the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, State, or the Intelligence Community, or in exceptional cases, may work in any U.S. federal department or agency with national security responsibilities.

Boren Scholarship 

Complete the form below if you are interested in applying to the Boren Scholarship.

2016-2017 Dates and Deadlines

Boren Scholarship Campus Deadline:

January 5, 2018


Boren Fellowship Campus Deadline:

January 5, 2018


Boren Awards Campus Advisor

Ryan McLemore

Study Abroad Advisor

International Student Center

5500 Campanile Drive

San Diego, CA 92182-5101

United States

Boren Scholarship Information Sessions

Thursday, September 28, 2017
2:00pm - 3:00pm
International Student Center Lounge

Friday, October 6, 2017
2:00pm - 3:00pm
International Student Center Lounge 

Visit from Boren Scholarship Representative