General Information

Headquartered in
Washington, D.C.
Christopher Powers, Director of Boren Scholarships and Fellowships

Contact Information

  • Address: Boren Scholarships and Fellowships Institute of International Education 1400 K Street, NW, 7th Floor Washington, DC 20005-2403
  • (P): 1-800-618-NSEP (6737)
  • Fax: 202-326-7672
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National Security Education Program:

As NSEP initiatives, the Boren Awards focus on countries, languages, and fields critical to U.S. national security, recognizing a broad definition that includes traditional concerns of protecting American well-being, as well as challenges of global society, such as sustainable development, environmental issues, disease, migration, and economic competitiveness.

Language Study:

The Boren Awards emphasize less commonly taught languages and long-term linguistic and cultural study, as well as research and academic internships abroad. Study of a foreign language appropriate to the country or region is an integral part of each Boren Scholar and Fellow's plan.


Boren Award amounts are based on the length of time the Boren Scholar or Fellows spends overseas and the cost of the program. Boren Scholarships can provide undergraduate students with up to $20,000, and Boren Fellowships can provide graduate students with up to $30,000.

Government Service:

Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for scholarship and fellowship funding, Boren Award recipients commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

Boren Scholarships for Undergraduate Students Deadline: February 5, 2014

Boren Fellowships for Graduate Students Deadline: January 28, 2014