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Boren Scholarship and Fellowship

Program Information

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships promote long-term linguistic and cultural immersion, and therefore study abroad proposals for two or more semesters are strongly encouraged. Preference will be given to applicants proposing a full-year of academic study. Summer-only programs must be eight weeks or more and are limited to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students. Boren-funded programs can begin no earlier than June 1.


To be eligible for a Boren Scholarship you must be a matriculated student in an undergraduate degree program who meets the following criteria:

  • Interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including (but not limited to) Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili.
  • A U.S. citizen at the time of application
  • Applying to engage in a study abroad experience in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand that meets WVU standards.
  • Planning to use the scholarship for a study abroad and the program must end before you graduate.

To be eligible for a Boren Fellowship you must be applying to or be a matriculated student in a graduate degree program and meet the criteria above.

Award Information

Boren will award a maximum of $8,000 for a summer program (special initiative for STEM students); $12,500 for a semester; $25,000 for an academic year.

Service Requirement

The Boren Scholarship includes a service requirement, which stipulates that award recipients work in the Federal Government in a position with national security responsibilities. The duration of the service requirement is one year or the duration of assistance provided under the program, whichever is longer. Boren Scholars must begin fulfilling the service requirement within three years of graduation.

Learn more information about the Boren Scholarship and the Boren Fellowship.