Boren Scholarship - Application Deadline 1/19/2021

The Boren provides undergraduate study abroad scholarships up to $25,000 for a full academic year or up to $12,500 for a semester. All scholarships may be used for U.S. citizens to study in Asia, Africa, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America, or the Middle East on a language-intensive study abroad program. (Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.) These are merit-based scholarships, and approximately 1 in 5 eligible applicants receive awards.

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students also have the option of applying for summer-only programs of eight weeks or more.

In order to receive the scholarship, award winners must enter into a service agreement requiring that they attempt to work in a paid position for the federal government in an area related to national security—generally the Departments of State, Defense, Homeland Security, or the Intelligence Community within three years of graduation (deferrals possible/encouraged for graduate study). Working for USAID or tenure in the Peace Corps counts in the service requirement. Winners also receive priority-hiring status.  

The campus application deadline is January 19, 2021 for any semester or year of study between May 2021 and May 2022.

For more information, undergraduate students should contact the National and International Scholarships Program at topscholars@illinois.edu or visit our website. Graduate students interested in the Boren Fellowship can contact Dana Johnson, Assistant Director of External Fellowships, for more information at dnj@illinois.edu.