General Description

The National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships offer a unique opportunity for U.S. undergraduates to study abroad. NSEP awards scholarships to American students for study of world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the Middle East). The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.


The study of languages and cultures currently underrepresented in study abroad and critical to U.S. national security. Language study must be a major component of each student’s study abroad program.


NSEP Boren Scholarships are merit based. Award amounts are based on the study abroad costs and financial aid information provided by the applicant. The maximum award is $8,000 for a summer, $10,000 for a semester, or $20,000 for a full academic year. Students must inform IIE/NSEP of any additional outside funding they receive for their study abroad program.


The applicant must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen at the time of application.
  • Be a high school graduate (or have earned a GED), and have 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.
  • Engage in a study abroad experience in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand that meets home institution standards.
  • Use the scholarship for study abroad and the study abroad program must end by graduation.

NSEP Boren Undergraduate Scholarships are not for study in the United States.


Application Deadline for the NSEP Boren Scholarship is mid-February.