Campus Deadline: January 14, 2022

National Deadline for Graduate Students: Late January 2022

National Deadline for Undergraduate Students: Early February 2022

Boren Awards Info Session


Boren awards allow U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, but underrepresented in study abroad.

Boren Scholarships are for undergraduate students and Boren Fellowships are for graduate students. 

In addition to the traditional study award, Boren also offers the following special initiative programs:

  • African Flagship Languages Initiative (AFLI)Boren applicants from any U.S. college or university may apply for the African Flagship Languages Initiative (AFLI)  to study Akan/Twi, French, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof or Zulu.
  • Indonesian Flagship Language Initiative (IFLI)- Boren applicants from any U.S. college or university may apply for intensive language study of Indonesian and cultural immersion through domestic and overseas language programs.
  • South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative (SAFLI)Boren applicants from any U.S. college or university may apply for the South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative (SAFLI) to study Hindi or Urdu.
  • Turkish Flagship Language Initiative (TURFLI)- TURFLI offers Boren Scholars and Fellows the opportunity for intensive study of Turkish through a combination of domestic and overseas programs.
  • Boren-Flagship InitiativeSpecial opportunities to Boren Scholarship applicants enrolled in The Language Flagship and planning to study overseas for their capstone year.
  • Boren-ROTC InitiativeA 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.
  • Summer STEM Initiative- Funding for summer study abroad to undergraduate students in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields (STEM).

Eligibility Criteria

Must be a U.S. citizen to apply. Open to all class years, though juniors and seniors are not eligible for summer programs. Boren  In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

Note: Students interested in applying should contact the Office of National & International Fellowships (ONIF) for more information about the application process at


Maximum scholarship awards are $8,000 for the summer (STEM only), $10,000 for a semester, and $25,000 for a full academic year. Graduate students may be eligible for up to $25,000.

Campus Application Process

For official information on the Boren Awards, which supersedes any information provided here, please visit their website.


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