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Boren Awards (National Security Education Program)

The Boren Awards, an initiative of the National Security Education Program (NSEP), fund undergraduate and graduate US citizens to study less commonly taught languages in world regions that are critical to U.S. national security and under-represented in study abroad. The awards promote long term cultural and linguistic immersion in countries in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are excluded.

Boren applicants should be highly motivated individuals with an interest in serving in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren awardees commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation. Note that national security is broadly defined to include not only traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also global challenges such as sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.

The Boren Awards are core awards in the Drexel Fellowships Office. We work closely with applicants and arrange a campus review process to review your applications. 


 *The 2016 Boren Awards Application is open! For more information and to apply, go to our 2016 International Language Study Awards Page. *

Fields of Study:

  • Arts and Creative Fields
  • Business and Law
  • Education
  • Health
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • Social Sciences and Humanities


  • Africa
  • Asia & Pacific
  • Europe
  • South America

Program Type:

  • Research
  • Service
  • Study
  • Travel


  • US Citizen

Program Length:

  • Short term (less than one year)
  • One year


  • January 5 

    campus deadline
    Contact DFO for more information

Degree Level:

  • Undergrad
  • Post UG
  • Graduate


  • Varies by program length and costs. Up to $20,000 for Boren Scholars; up to $24,000 for Boren Fellows ($30,000 max with domestic language study).

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Boren Scholarship Tutorial