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National Security Education Program (NSEP) Boren Undergraduate Scholarships and Graduate Fellowships

NSEP focuses on geographical areas, languages and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security.

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To equip Americans with an understanding of less commonly taught languages and cultures and enable them to become integrally involved in global issues.  To build a critical base of future leaders, both in the marketplace and in government service, who have cultivated international relationships and worked and studied alongside foreign experts.  To develop a cadre of professionals with more-than-traditional knowledge of language and culture, who can use this ability to help the United States make sound decisions and deal effectively with global issues.  To enhance institutional capacity and increase the number of faculty who can educate U.S. citizens toward achieving these goals.

Award Amounts

Award amounts range from a minimum of $2,500 for summer study, $4,000 for one semester or $6,000 for an academic year, to a maximum of about $10,000 for one semester; or about $20,000 for year study.


NSEP focuses on geographical areas, languages and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security.  NSEP Boren scholarships can be applied to study abroad in all countries, except those in Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand

Evidence of a clear link between your proposed overseas study and your academic and international career goals will be a critical element in your application.  Awards are generally for a minimum of one academic term. NSEP goals will be promoted most effectively if students experience cultural and linguistic immersion in the overseas program for an academic year.  There are some possibilities of awards for summer study.  Study of a foreign language appropriate to the identified country must be part of each proposal.  All recipients of NSEP awards are required to seek employment with a federal agency or office involved in national security affairs.  See NSEP website for complete details.


National Application Deadline: February 10, 2006**
**See your NSEP campus representative for your on-campus deadline**

UCLA Contact Information

Education Abroad Program
Lindsey Daltro-Schram
Hershey 1119
Tel: 310-825-4995

UCLA International Institute