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Boren Awards Information Session

October 11, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Learn more about the Boren Scholarships which provide up to $20,000 for undergraduate students to study in countries that are generally underrepresented in study abroad.

Boren Awards provide a unique funding opportunity for U.S. students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East). The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

Additional information on preferred geographic regions, languages, and fields of study, as well as application procedures can be found at

Some special programs which may be of interest:

STEM programs: The Boren Scholarships offer a special initiative for undergraduate STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) majors, who are eligible to apply for up to $8,000 for summer study (minimum of 8 weeks). As with all BorenAwards, STEM applicants are expected to have a significant language component as part of their proposed study abroad programs.

African language & area studies programs: The Boren Awards give preference to applicants who plan to study languages indigenous to preferred African countries (full list at Additionally, the African Flagship Languages Initiative (AFLI) incentivizes Boren Scholarships and Fellowships applicants to study of Akan/Twi, French, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof, or Zulu. AFLI programs (except for French) appropriate to applicants with no language proficiency as well as those with intermediate and advanced proficiency. Applicants interested in studying French must demonstrate an intermediate-high or above oral proficiency level to participate.

South Asian language & area studies programs: The South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative (SAFLI) incentivizes BorenScholarships and Fellowships applicants to study Hindi and Urdu in India. SAFLI is appropriate to applicants with no language proficiency in Hindi or Urdu, as well as those with intermediate and advanced proficiency.

Indonesian Flagship Language Initiative (IFLI): The Indonesian Flagship Language Initiative (IFLI) offers Boren Scholarship applicants the opportunity for intensive language study of Indonesian and cultural immersion through domestic and overseas language programs. All applicants welcome, no language proficiency in Indonesian is required.  Also open to intermediate or advanced speakers.

Boren -ROTC: The Boren Scholarships offer a special initiative for undergraduate ROTC cadets and midshipmen. ROTC participants are strong candidates for the Boren Scholarship, due to their commitment to national security and government service.  Must meet eligibility requirements, and must be in an inactive, non-drilling status during their Boren-funded overseas study.

The Language Flagship: The Language Flagship, an NSEP initiative, takes an innovative approach to foreign language teaching and learning in the United States. It is designed to help students achieve superior-level proficiency in critical languages. Flagship students participate in intensive language programs offered at selected undergraduate institutions.

Students who are currently enrolled in The Language Flagship are encouraged to apply for the Boren Scholarship to provide funding for academic year study at the appropriate overseas Flagship center or institution.  The Boren Scholarship can provide up to $20,000 for an academic year overseas.


October 11, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Sue Conway