NSEP Boren Undergraduate Scholarship

The National Security Education Program (NSEP) Boren Undergraduate Scholarship was designed to provide U.S. undergraduates with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experience in countries and areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation. As a student of another culture and language, you will begin to acquire the international competence you need to communicate effectively across borders, understand other perspectives and analyze increasingly fluid economic and political realities.

The Boren Scholarship is especially designed to support students who will make a commitment to federal service. NSEP was established by the National Security Education Act of 1991, which created the National Security Education Board, the National Security Education Program, and a trust fund in the U.S. Treasury to provide resources for scholarships, fellowships and grants.

It is guided by a mission that seeks to lead in development of the national capacity to educate U.S. citizens, understand foreign cultures, strengthen U.S. economic competitiveness, and enhance international cooperation and security. The National Security Education Act of 1991 was authored by Senator David L. Boren from Oklahoma. Senator Boren is a strong supporter of international education, and is now President of the University of Oklahoma.

For more information, please visit the Boren Program website and contact the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research at fellcent@gwu.edu.


As a U.S. undergraduate student, you are eligible to apply for a Boren scholarship if you are:

  • A U.S. citizen at the time of application.
  • A high school graduate, or have earned a GED, and are matriculated as a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior in a U.S. post-secondary institution, including universities, colleges, and community colleges accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Applying to engage in a study abroad experience that meets home institution standards.
  • Planning to use the scholarship for study abroad and the study abroad program ends before you graduate. NSEP undergraduate scholarships are not for study in the United States.

Period of Study

The 2022-2023 Boren academic year covers study abroad during summer 2022, fall 2022, and/or spring 2023.

Special Considerations

Students majoring in science, technology, engineering, and mathematical fields may apply for Boren funding for summer study abroad.


The amount of an Boren Scholarship award is merit-based, but financial need is often taken into consideration as well. The amount will vary from covering the full cost of participation in a proposed study abroad program to partial support. The maximum scholarship award for any one academic term in a study abroad program is about $10,000. For students participating in individually arranged programs, the amount of the award will be based on host country cost of living, tuition (if any), travel, books, settling-in, and appropriate insurance.

These costs will be determined by IIE/NSEP. At a maximum, a Boren undergraduate award is up to $12,500 for programs lasting 12-24 weeks and up to $25,000 for programs lasting 25 weeks or longer.  When you select your study abroad program, you should be realistic about your ability to fund part of your costs should you receive an award which does not cover full program expenses.


Students should set up a meeting to discuss the program in more detail as early as possible.  Prospective applicants should also discuss their study abroad plans with their academic advisors and with the advisor in the Office of Study Abroad corresponding to their college or school.



The mandatory GW deadline for applying to the Boren Scholarship Program is January 15, 2022. The national deadline is February 2, 2022.

Additional information is available on the Boren Website

To discuss this opportunity, schedule an appointment with Dr. Kristin Luck from Libraries and Academic Innovation. You can also reach Dr. Luck at kristenlluck@gwu.edu.


Class Year

  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior


  • Arts
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Health
  • Humanities
  • International Affairs
  • Public Affairs/Government
  • Social Sciences
  • STEM
  • Multiple


  • English
  • Non English


  • Summer
  • Yearlong

Program Type

  • Language
  • Study Abroad
  • Tuition Aid
  • Undergraduate


  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Central America
  • Europe
  • Middle East
  • South America

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