Office of External & Competitive Scholarship Advisement

Boren Scholarship

Learn more about the Boren Scholarship, including eligibility and application requirements.

About the Boren Scholarship

The Boren Scholarships provides 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.

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Eligibility Requirements

  • A U.S. citizen at the time of application
  • A high school graduate, or have earned a GED
  • Matriculated in an undergraduate degree program located within the United States accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Boren Scholars must remain matriculated in their undergraduate programs for the duration of the scholarship and may not graduate until the scholarship is complete.
  • Applying to a study abroad program that meets home institution standards in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand. Boren Scholarships are not for study in the United States.

Application Checklist

Contact your Boren campus representative for your on-campus deadline. Continue to work with your campus representative during the application process.

Submit the Boren Scholarship application, which includes the items listed below. Before starting the online application, remember to read the application instructions.

  1. Completed letters of reference. Letters of reference must be signed, original letters in an envelope with the signature across the seal, when they are submitted to your campus representative or IIE. Two letters are required, and you may include a third optional letter. Click here for advice about getting strong letters of reference.
  2. Official, hard copy, transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Freshmen must also include high school transcripts.
  3. Language self-assessment - Complete this form using the Language self-assessment guide.
  4. Language proficiency form (optional) - Complete this form using the Language Evaluation Guidelines.
  5. Choose one of the following:
    • One page study abroad program description with cost information. (This may be a page from the program’s website or a photocopy of part of the program brochure.)
    • If you set up a direct enrollment or individually arranged study abroad program, please provide two letters of support. The first letter should be from your home institution and the second letter should be from your overseas host institution.

Submit the following supplementary materials to your campus representative. If you do not have a campus representative, you may send them directly to IIE.

  1. A study abroad program section Learn More
  2. A budget section Learn More
  3. Two statements of purpose Learn More