Named in honor of David L. Boren, former U.S. Senator from Oklahoma, and funded by the National Security Education Program (NESP), 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.  These areas include Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.  The strongest applicants show a clear relevance of the applicant’s country and language to U.S. national security; have a serious commitment to further foreign language competency while abroad and upon the applicant’s return home; have a commitment to working for the federal government, and have an overseas program of 6 months or longer. Applicants must be US citizens. 

Boren Scholarships have a number of very specific stipulations including a one-year service commitment to work for the Federal Government in an area of national security related to their field experience.  Please visit the Boren Scholarships website for specific details.

Candidates may not submit applications directly to the Boren Scholarships Program.  They must apply to and be nominated by U-M's official representative for the scholarship, Linda Popovic in the Center for Global and Intercultural Study. U-M application information here.

U-M Contact: Linda Popovic ( in the Center for Global and Intercultural Study. Applications are due January 15, 2014.