Boren Scholarship

The Boren Scholarship and Fellowship Program is now accepting applications. Please read the announcement below:

The applications for the 2014-2015 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available at Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations.


Boren Scholars and Fellows 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. As part of the African Languages Initiative, Boren Award applicants have the opportunity to further their study of Akan/Twi, French, Hausa, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba, or Zulu. For a complete list of languages, visit our website.  


Undergraduate students can receive up to $20,000 for an academic year’s study abroad and graduate students up to $30,000 for language study and international research. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.


National Application Deadlines

Boren Fellowship: January 28, 2014

Boren Scholarship: February 5, 2014*

            *Many institutions have an earlier on-campus deadline. Visit our website for information about your campus deadline and Boren campus representative.


For more information about the Boren Awards, to register for one of our upcoming webinars, and to access the on-line application, please visit You can also contact the Boren Awards staff at or 1-800-618-NSEP with questions.


The Boren Awards are initiatives of the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and are administered by the Institute of International Education.


Critical Language Scholarship Program

The US Government offers ten week intensive overseas summer institutes in thirteen different languages. These institutes are fully funded. The languages offered, as well as the language pre-requisites, are listed below. (Please note: Some languages do not requite any advance knowledge)

  • Arabic, Persian: Advanced beginning, intermediate or advanced level;
  • Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, Urdu: Beginning, intermediate or advanced level;
  • Chinese, Japanese, Russian: Intermediate or advanced level

Check out this blog written by a participant of the CLS Oman program.



Critical Language Scholarship Program

CLS is a summer program that is run by the US Department of State and that provides training in in thirteen critical needs foreign languages. This institute provides a fully funded group based language and cultural enrichment program for participants. The institutes run between seven and ten weeks and provide students with the equivalent of approximately one year of academic study of a language.

Students must be enrolled at the time of the application (which means that graduating senior are eligible). The program is not limited to any specific discipline. Students may have a family background in the language or region in which they are applying.

Boren Awards for International Study

The deadline for undergraduate awards for next year is February 13, 2013. The deadline for graduate fellowships for next year is January 31, 2013.

The Boren Awards provide study abroad funding to US students. These funds are designed to be used to study in countries that are critical to US interest and typically underrepresented in study abroad.

There is no major requirement, but students should be commited to learning a less commonly taught language. For most languages, with the exception of Spanish and French, there is no language proficiency requirement.

This year’s deadline is February 12, 2012. We will have an earlier campus deadline that we will anounce shortly. In the meantime, please read over this information on what makes an applicant competitive.