Boren scholarships and fellowships 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.
Scholarship: Boren Scholarships provide 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. 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.
Fellowship: For graduate students who seek to internationalize their education by developing expertise in the languages, cultures, and area studies of countries less commonly studied by Americans. Overseas travel may be part of this fellowship. About 80 offered annually. Tenable at accredited US graduate schools (with potential study-abroad components). Upon completion, recipients must seek employment with an agency or office of the federal government involved in national security affairs. If unsuccessful, recipients may fulfill this requirement through work in US higher education in the area of study for which the fellowship was awarded.