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Boren Awards

The Boren Awards program aids language study abroad in countries that are critical to U.S. national interests. Emphasized world areas include: Africa, Asia, Central, and Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. NSEP recipients are required to seek employment with a federal agency or office involved in national security affairs.

There are Flagship Language Initiatives for those particularly interested in learning Hindi, Urdu, or Indonesian, and for those interested in studying French, Portuguese, Swahili, or other indigenous languages in Africa.

STEM majors and those who participate in ROTC are also given special preference and are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Details

Applicants will be required to complete an online application, which includes two letters of recommendation, two essays, a study abroad budget proposal, and an unofficial transcript. Applications should be reviewed with James Mayo, the Kennedy Center scholarship coordinator, before submitting, and a formal interview with the scholarship coordinator is required for a campus evaluation to be added to your application.

Weekly Info Sessions

Fall semester, Thursdays, 11:00 a.m., 257 HRCB

Application Deadline


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