Boren (NSEP) Study Abroad Scholarships

Estimated annual campus deadline: Mid-December

The Boren Scholarship provides unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students with an interest in national security careers to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests.

Eligibility: Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior, Senior; U.S. citizens;  all majors; plan to study abroad in world regions critical to U.S. national security; interest in national security career

Award amount: up to $20,000 depending on duration of study abroad program

Campus nomination: required for all UCSB applicants.

UCSB campus application information

Class Level: 

  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior

Scholarship Deadline: 

December 20, 2017

Expanded Scholarship Details: 

Boren Scholarships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Boren Scholars represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

The NSEP will only accept online applications that are reviewed and endorsed by a student’s home campus. Students should send an email the Scholarships Coordinator at scholarships@ltsc.ucsb.edu, indicating their interest in the scholarship.   The Scholarship Coordinator in the College of Letters and Science works with closely with UCSB undergraduates, regardless of their colleges, who apply for major scholarships, and it is important that students consult with the coordinator well before the campus application deadline.

Conditions of Eligibility

The applicant must be:

  • A U.S. citizen at the time of application
  • A high school graduate that matriculated as a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior in a U.S. post-secondary institution, including accredited universities, colleges, and community colleges recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Applying for a study abroad experience that meets home institution standards
  • Planning on studying in an area of the world critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad.   For a list of eligible countries go to www.borenawards.org/boren_scholarship/where_study.html. Western European countries, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.
  • Planning to use the scholarship for a study abroad program that ends prior to graduation.
  • Please note that only students with strong academic records (cumulative GPA of 3.4 or better) will be competitive for the UCSB nomination.

Campus Guidelines:

Application Deadline: December 20, 2017 (no exceptions)

The online application and related forms are available online at the Boren Scholarship Website. Please adhere to the directions outlined on the NSEP website. 

The following must be submitted to our office no later than 4:00 PM on the day of the campus deadline in order to be considered for nomination:

  • The online application, including answers to all application questions, the two ssays, and the study abroad program description and program budget. The applications should be in final format when submitted, with close attention to content, grammar, and spelling.
  • A minimum of two and a maximum of three letters of recommendation, all of which must be uploaded by your recommenders directly to the online application before the campus deadline. Recommenders will be prompted to upload their letters once you enter their information into the online application, so you should begin your application in advance of the deadline to give them enough time to upload their recommendations.  Note: for freshmen, one of the references may be a secondary school instructor, administrator, or a community leader, and the other must be faculty. For all other applicants, NSEP prefers references from at least two current faculty members.
  • Hard copies of official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have ever attended, including UCSB.  Please request these early so they are received at our office before the campus deadline. For UCSB Official Transcripts, eTranscripts may also be used for the most reliable and rapid delivery.  Please select "eTranscript" in GOLD's official transcript ordering service and have your official eTranscript sent to: nick@ltsc.ucsb.edu

Please have the hard copies of official transcripts sent directly to:

Attention: Scholarships Coordinator
Nick Alward-Saxon
1117 Cheadle Hall
Division of Undergraduate Education
College of Letters and Science
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-2085