Boren Scholarship for study abroad

Interested in going abroad to study a language next year?

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 American, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. For a complete list of countries, visit

Applicants may be in any academic field, but should be interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Thai, Turkish, Urdu and Vietnamese. Almost any non-Western European language can be proposed. For a complete list of languages, see While language learning should be a major part of an applicant’s academic plan while abroad, courses in other fields can also be included.

Preference is given to undergraduate applicants proposing abroad experiences of at least 6 months or longer, though applicants can propose shorter programs.

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 agree to the work in the federal government for a minimum of one year (or equal to the duration of assistance provided under the program if longer than one year). For details, see and the FAQs at Examples of past Scholars’ service experiences are at

One more information session, which will cover the details about this scholarships program, application process, and service requirement, will be held on Monday, Dec. 7 at 3:30pm in MGH 120.

Applicants must submit complete application materials by the Jan. 14, 2010 campus application deadline to Robin Chang in the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards.

If you are unable to attend the information session, but would like more information, please contact Robin at or 206-543-2603.

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