Boren Awards

Boren Fellowship due: Jan. 24, 2024 | Boren Scholarship due: Jan. 31, 2024

Interested in applying for the 2024 Boren Awards? Join Global & National Fellowships for an information session on Nov. 2 from 3:00-4:00 pm in Townsend Hall 222. Sign up here.

The Boren Awards provide undergraduate and graduate students with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation, in exchange for their commitment to seek work in the federal government. The program funds language-focused study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.


All applicants must be:

  • US citizens at the time of the national application deadline
  • At least 18 years of age or older at the time of the national application deadline
  • Planning an overseas program in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand
  • Matriculated for the duration of their Boren Awards-funded program in an undergraduate or graduate degree program located within the United States

Award Benefits

Boren Awardees receive funding based on the duration of their desired study abroad programs.

For undergraduate Boren Scholars:

  • 8-11 weeks: $8,000 (STEM only)
  • 12-24 weeks: $12,500
  • 25-52 weeks: $25,000

For graduate Boren Fellows:

  • 12-24 weeks: $12,5000
  • 25-52 weeks: $25,000


Campus Deadline: 8:00 am Wednesday, January 10, 2024

All MU applicants must submit a complete Boren application by the campus deadline to participate in the campus endorsement process. Boren requires MU to review and endorse applications from our applicants; therefore, it is important to turn in a polished application at this time. By Jan. 10 applicants should have revised their materials several times.

Shortly after the campus deadline, applicants participate in a 30-minute campus interview in which they receive feedback on their application from three to four faculty or staff members who understand what the Boren program is all about. If you have diligently worked on your application prior to the campus deadline, the campus interview is not something to fear. It is a time for you to learn how to make your application stronger.

Suggested Application Timeline

November 2023

  • Attend the Boren Awards Information Session at 3:00 pm, Nov. 2, in Townsend 222 (Register).
  • Meet with a Fellowships advisor to discuss your interest in and credentials for the program.
  • Contact faculty mentors and communicate with recommenders so they can submit letters to Boren by the campus deadline.
  • Begin writing drafts of your Boren application.

December 2023

  • Write multiple drafts on your Boren application in advance of the Jan. 10 campus deadline.

January 2024

  • Submit for Jan. 10 Boren campus deadline.
  • Mid-January: Attend campus interviews for feedback and formal endorsement.
  • Submit for (graduate) Boren Fellowship national deadline on Jan. 24.
  • Submit for (undergraduate) Boren Scholarship national deadline on Jan. 31.

April 2024

  • Applicants will be notified if they have been selected for the Boren Awards.