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Boren Scholarship

Boren Scholarship & Fellowship

The David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations. The Boren Awards are initiatives of the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and are administered by the Institute of International Education.
Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including Japanese. Of particular interest to the NSEP are students from technology/STEM backgrounds as well as students wishing to pursue a career in public, governmental, or diplomatic service.

Though highly competitive, the Boren Scholarships are extremely generous. Undergraduate students can receive up to $20,000 for an academic year’s study abroad and graduate students up to $30,000 for language study and international research. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.

Some summer scholarships are also available to students in STEM fields who wish to do language study in Japanese in order to pursue a career in international science.

JCMU highly recommends that all STEM students, as well as students interested in international relations, public and diplomatic service, law, politics, and other related fields consider applying for the Boren Scholarship Program.
National Application Deadlines

  • Boren Fellowship (for the academic year): January of that year
  • Boren Scholarship (for shorter programs and summer): February of that year
NOTE: Many institutions have an earlier on-campus deadline. Visit our website for information about your campus deadline and Boren campus representative.
For more information about the Boren Awards and to access the on-line application, please visit You can also contact the Boren Awards staff at or 1-800-618-NSEP with questions.