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National Security Education Program Scholarship

National Security Education Program David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships


U.S. National Security Focus: NSEP focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. It draws on a broad definition of national security applied by the President in his annual National Security Strategy, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including: sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.

International Focus: NSEP scholarships are intended to provide support to U.S. undergraduates who will pursue the study of languages and cultures currently underrepresented in study abroad and critical to U.S. national security.

Language Study: Study of a foreign language appropriate to the identified country must be part of each proposal. In addition, you must meet any language requirements of the study abroad experience you propose. The language component should incorporate opportunities to learn a language in a meaningful context, including instruction and application both inside and outside the classroom setting. The integrated nature of this aspect of the study abroad experience should be readily apparent in your program description.

Since NSEP encourages students to study in countries whose languages are less commonly taught at U.S. institutions, it is anticipated that many students will not be familiar with the language of their chosen country. Prior study of another language will serve as an indication of interest and aptitude.

Length of Study

Awards are for a minimum of one academic term, including a summer term of six (6) weeks or longer. Preference will be given to applicants pursuing study abroad for a full academic year.

The NSEP Service Requirement: The NSEP service requirement stipulates that an award recipient work in the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, State, or the Intelligence Community. If, after making a full and good faith effort (according to conditions and rules established by NSEP), an award recipient demonstrates to NSEP that no appropriate position is available in one of these agencies, he or she may work in any U.S. federal department or agency. There is also an expectation that NSEP Scholars will use the language or regional expertise acquired as a result of the award in their work for the U.S. government.


As a U.S. undergraduate student, you are eligible to apply for an NSEP Boren scholarship if you are:

A U.S. citizen at the time of application.

A high school graduate, or have earned a GED, and are matriculated as a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior in a U.S. post-secondary institution, including universities, colleges, and community colleges accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Applying to engage in a study abroad experience that meets home institution standards.

Planning to use the scholarship for study abroad and the study abroad program ends before you graduate. NSEP undergraduate scholarships are not for study in the United States.

Scholarship Benefits

NSEP Boren Scholarships are merit based. Award amounts are based on the study abroad costs and financial aid information provided by the applicant. The maximum award is $10,000 for a semester or $20,000 for a full academic year. Students must inform NSEP of any additional outside funding they receive for their study abroad program.

Application Deadline

The national application deadline is February 10, 2010. The on-campus deadline is January 8. Boren Scholarship applicants are required to submit some application materials to UCLA’s NSEP representative, Vito Grillo, at the UCLA International Education Office, by January 8, 2010.

*All applications must be submitted online. Applications may be found on the Application Instructions page.

For complete applicatin and more information

Web Site:

David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships
Institute of International Education
1400 K Street, NW
Washington,DC 20005-2403
Telephone: 1-800-618-NSEP
Fax: 202-326-7672

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