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Boren Undergraduate Scholarship

Goes By: Boren Scholarship

Be sure to consult the Fellowship Website for complete eligibility and competition requirements.


Boren Campus Nomination Deadline
Monday, January 6, 2025
Noon ET

Boren Scholarship Electronic Deadline
Wednesday, January 29, 2025
5:00 p.m. ET

Applicants are strongly encouraged to meet the earlier campus deadline so that an evaluation from USC can be submitted on their behalf

Study Abroad Application Deadline for Summer Programs
Saturday, March 1, 2025

Education Abroad Office, Close-Hipp Bldg, Suite 453 (4th floor)

About this Fellowship

Supports undergraduate students seeking to study a less commonly taught language abroad in a non-English speaking country (outside of Western Europe).

Strong preference is given for programs of 25 weeks or longer; students may combine other language study (summer program, language school, private tutoring) with a semester abroad to reach this threshold.

Applicants must explain how their language and study relate to issues of National Security, broadly defined. Scholars are also required to fulfill a service requirement of one year of employment with a federal agency, following their graduation.

While no nomination is required, students are encouraged to have their applications reviewed by NFSP well before the electronic deadline.

To participate in the campus feedback process, applicants should meet with a national fellowships advisor by December 1. Students should work with NFSP to submit application materials for review and feedback from the Boren faculty committee by the January 6, 2025 campus deadline. The committee is an opportunity to get individualized feedback on how to submit a more competitive application from faculty and staff experts who have a lot of experience supporting USC Boren applicants.

Please note: Students applying for the Boren must also complete the study abroad application process with the Education Abroad Office. See more information about the study abroad application process and their deadlines at the Education Abroad website.

Disability Resources

Applicants should work with the overseas program provider on the on-the-ground accommodations and set up that is possible. Start early! Depending on what is needed, the program contact on the ground is likely the best resource to connect the student with instructors or an academic advisor (if academic / learning disability) or to identify the right folks for other accommodations (housing, wheelchair access, etc). By starting early, applicants have the best opportunity to fully understand what is possible in the overseas environment and program implementors have the time to make arrangements for accommodation.

Requests for additional Boren funding for an accommodation are reviewed on a case by case basis and they make every effort to ensure reasonable requests are able to be approved for Boren-eligible expenses. Some expenses, such as medication, are not eligible for Boren funding as personal medical expenses are always ineligible.

All accommodation requests are reviewed on a case by case basis but as a go-to resource, applicants should visit the Mobility International USA (MIUSA) website.

Award Value

Up to $12,500 for a semester and up to $25,000 for a full academic year. Special summer program for STEM students: up to $8,000 for a minimum 8-week program.

Eligibility Requirements

Requirements Details
Year(s) of Application Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior


US Citizen
Campus Nomination Required Yes

Last updated: June 28, 2024

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