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Competition Details

Boren Undergraduate Scholarship

Goes By: Boren Scholarship
Fellowship Website

Supports undergraduate students seeking to study a less-commonly taught language abroad in a non-English speaking country (outside of Western Europe).

Strong preference is given for programs of 6 months or longer; students may combine a summer with a semester abroad to reach this 6 month threshold.

Applicants must explain how their language and study relate to issues of National Security, broadly defined. Scholars are also required to fulfill a service requirement of one year of employment with a federal agency, following their graduation.

Please note: Students applying for the Boren must also complete the USC Study Abroad Application due to the Study Abroad Office. The deadline for doing so is March 1 (Feb 15 for programs that begin in the summer) for fall or academic year programs. If your program begins the following spring, you must meet their Oct. 1 deadline in the year you will be studying abroad. See link to Forms and Applications at

Award Value

Up to $10,000 for a semester and up to $20,000 for a full academic year. Special summer program for STEM students: up to $8,000 for a minimum 8-week program.

Eligibility Requirements

Requirements Details
Year(s) of Application Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Minimum Grade Point Average



US Citizen
Campus Nomination Required Yes
Year of Study Funded Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Academic Areas: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), Social Sciences, Mass Communication, Humanities, Health Sciences, Fine Arts, Education, Business
Areas of Interest: Study Abroad, Language Study
Language Funding Yes
Location Abroad

Be sure to consult the competition website for complete eligibility and competition requirements.


Intent to Apply Fall 2020 Deadline
Sunday, November 1, 2020

Boren Campus Nomination Deadline
Monday, January 11, 2021
Noon ET

Boren Scholarship Electronic Deadline
Wednesday, February 3, 2021
5:00 p.m. ET

Applicants are strongly encouraged to meet the earlier campus deadline so that an evaluation from USC can be submitted on their behalf

Study Abroad Application Deadline for Summer Programs
Monday, March 1, 2021

Education Abroad Office, Close-Hipp Bldg, Suite 453 (4th floor)

Study Abroad Application Deadline for Fall/Academic Year Programs
Monday, March 1, 2021

Study Abroad Office, Close-Hipp Bldg, Suite 453 (4th floor)

Last updated: October 27, 2020

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