Student Fellowships & Awards

The Center for Life Beyond Reed, Division of Student Services

Boren/NSEP (National Security Education Program) Scholarship

Internal Deadline: January 20, 2106
Liaison: Paul DeYoung

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The Boren/National Security Education Program (NSEP) Scholarships offer a unique opportunity for U.S. undergraduates to study abroad. Boren awards scholarships to American students for study of world languages and regions critical to U.S. foreign policy interests, including Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American & the Caribbean, and the Middle East. (The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.) The Boren service requirement stipulates that award recipients work in the federal government in positions with national security responsibilities; the duration of the service requirement is equal to the duration of assistance provided under the program, but in no case less than one year. The Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, State, or any element of the intelligence community are priority agencies. If an award recipient demonstrates to the Boren program that no appropriate position is available in one of these agencies, the award recipient must seek to fulfill the requirement in a position with national security responsibilities in any federal department or agency. Approval of service outside of a priority agency is contingent upon satisfactory demonstration of a full and good faith effort in accordance with conditions established by NSEP.

Maximum scholarship awards are $10,000 for one semester and $20,000 for a full academic year.


U.S. citizen.

Freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior.

Applying to engage in a study abroad experience in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand that meets home institution standards.

Planning to use the scholarship for study abroad, and the study abroad program ends before you graduate. Boren Scholarships are not for study in the United States.

Selection Criteria

Scholarship award recipients will be selected on the basis of merit with consideration for NSEP program preferences, academic record and potential to succeed in the proposed study abroad program, commitment to international education to fulfill academic and career goals, language interest and aptitude, and the quality and appropriateness of the proposed program and its relevance to the National Security Education Program.

Application Procedure

See Paul DeYoung or Michelle Johnson after September 15 for application information.