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Hanover, NH
Phone:  603.646.1622
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David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships (The National Security Education Program)


Boren Scholarships supports US undergraduate study abroad in areas critical to US 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, funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), focus on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to US national security. Applicants should identify how their study abroad program, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to US 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. Preference is given to students who will study abroad for longer time periods, and who are highly motivated to work in the federal government.

Service Requirement

Federal service is the cornerstone of the Boren Awards program. Boren Scholarship or Fellowship Recipients accept a Service Requirement to work for the federal government in the national security arena. The Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, and State, or any element of the Intelligence Community are priority agencies. If an award recipient demonstrates 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. Recipients must secure positions themselves. Boren application essays must include a compelling case as to why the candidate 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.



  • US citizen at the time of application.
  • A high school graduate, or have earned a GED, or a matriculated freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior in a US accredited post-secondary institution, including university, college, or community college.
  • Applying to study abroad 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.


 Application Process

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 & Fellowship Registration Form (Submit to Scholarship Advising by email PRIOR to the campus deadline)
    This form provides Fellowship Advising with the necessary information to open an application file and communicate with you about the application process.
  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 Fellowship Advising by the campus deadline:

  • Two recommendation letters (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: Fellowship Advising, 6201 Parker House, Hanover, NH 03755. (NOTE: If your Dartmouth transcript shows a "TR" for study abroad or other courses, you MUST have a separate transcript for those courses. This is true even if the program originated through Dartmouth).
  • Language self-assessment and (optional) language proficiency form
  • One page study abroad program description
  • Support letters 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 Recommendation Letters should be emailed to

For more information on recommendation letters, click here.


Final Application Submission

Nominees will submit final applications online Monday, February 5, 2018 (prior to the official deadline).

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 8, 2018

Campus deadline for electronic application and all other materials

January/February 2018

Committee on Graduate Fellowship Interviews

February 5, 2018

Deadline for Dartmouth applicants to submit final online application to Boren

February 8, 2018

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

May 2018

Scholarship Recipients Announced



Additional Information

Boren Scholarship Website

Frequently Asked Questions


Last Updated: 7/28/17