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David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships (The National Security Education Program)


Boren Scholarships provide opportunity for U.S. undergraduates 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.  The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. 

Boren Scholars represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili.

Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security.  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.

Maximum scholarship awards are:

  • $8,000 for a summer program (special initiative for STEM students only; 8 weeks minimum)
  • $10,000 for a semester
  • $20,000 for a full academic year

Boren Scholarships are awarded with preference for countries, languages, and fields of study critical to U.S. national security.  Preference is also given to students who will study abroad for longer periods of time, and who are highly motivated by the opportunity to work in the federal government.

Service Requirement

Federal service is the cornerstone of the Boren Awards program.  Recipients of a Boren Scholarship or Fellowship accept a Service Requirement to work for the federal government in the national security arena.  Award recipients are not guaranteed a federal job after graduation - they must secure a position themselves.  This individual-driven approach means that Boren Scholarship and Fellowship application essays must include a compelling case as to why the candidate is, or will be qualified for federal employment with national security responsibilities.  Successful applicants make this case by relating their professional, academic, extracurricular, and volunteer experience to duties required of federal employees in national security positions.  The onus is on the applicant to make this connection.

The NSEP Service Requirement stipulates that an award recipient work in the Federal Government in a position with national security responsibilities.  The Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, and State, or any element of the Intelligence Community are priority agencies.  If an award recipient demonstrates to NSEP 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.



As a U.S. undergraduate student, you are eligible to apply for a Boren scholarship if you are:

  1. A U.S. citizen at the time of application.
  2. A high school graduate, or have earned a GED, and are matriculated as a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior in a U.S. post-secondary institution, including universities, colleges, and community colleges accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  3. 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.
  4. Planning to use the scholarship for study abroad and the study abroad program ends before you graduate. Boren undergraduate scholarships are not for study in the United States.


Endorsement & Interview

NSEP applicants must be endorsed by the Dartmouth College Committee on Graduate Fellowships. In order to be endorsed, you must:

  1. Complete the Online Scholarship Registration Form (Submit to Scholarship Advising by email PRIOR to the campus deadline)
    This form provides Scholarship Advising with the necessary information to open an application file and communicate with you about the application process and important deadlines and considerations.
  2. Complete the Nomination Permission Form and Waiver (Submit to Scholarship Advising by email PRIOR to the campus deadline)
  3. Complete the online application and submit the application electronically by the campus deadline. This will go to Scholarship Advising and NOT to the Boren Scholarship.

Submit the following to Scholarship Advising by the campus deadline:

  • Two letters of recommendation (required), third (optional)
  • Official Transcript (with Fall grades). Please request an official transcript online to be sent to You can do this through the Registrar.  For any other non-Dartmouth transcripts, please request official copies to be sent to: Scholarship Advising, 6201 Parker House, Hanover, NH 03755.
  • Language self-assessment and (optional) language proficiency form
  • One page study abroad program description
  • Letters of support for direct enrollment (if applicable)

    The Committee on Graduate Fellowships will read your application materials. All applicants will be interviewed for the purpose of rating their applications.


Letters of Recommendation

The 2 or 3 Letters of Recommendation should be emailed to

For more information on recommendation letters, click here.


Final Application Submission

Nominees will submit final applications online Monday, February 06, 2017.  (prior to the official deadline, 5:00 pm February 9, 2017)

The Scholarship Advising office will:

  1. Mail your letters of recommendation, official transcript, program description, and letters of support (if applicable) directly to Boren.
  2. Complete the online campus review.
  3. Officially submit your application online to the Boren.


NSEP Application Schedule

January 6, 2017

Campus deadline for electronic application and all other materials

January/February 2017

Committee on Graduate Fellowship Interviews

February 9, 2017

5:00 PM Boren deadline for final electronic application and supplemental material submission

May 2017

Scholarship Recipients Announced



Additional Information

Boren Scholarship Website

Email Scholarship Advising

Frequently Asked Questions


Last Updated: 11/9/16