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Boren Undergraduate Scholarship (NSEP)


Deadline: 2017-01-15 (UVa Internal)

The National Security Education Program (NSEP) is a unique scholarship opportunity for U.S. undergraduates to participate in a study abroad program with an intensive language component. Created in 1991, NSEP awards scholarships to American students for study of world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the Middle East). The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. The program 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, 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. In exchange for scholarship funding, all Boren Scholars must agree to the NSEP service requirement.


The applicant must be a U.S. citizen at the time of application and matriculated as a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior in a U.S. post-secondary institution. The applicant must also apply to engage in a study-abroad experience in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand that meets home institution standards. The study-abroad program must end before the applicant graduates.


A summer, semester, or full academic year. Boren Scholarships promote long term linguistic and cultural immersion, and therefore study abroad proposals for two or more semesters are strongly encouraged.Summer-only programs must be eight (8) weeks or


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 $8,000 for a summer, $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 Process

The online application must be submitted and the supplementary materials should be given to Stacey Hansen,, in the International Studies Office. 434-924-4252 National deadline: please check national website for most up-to-date information on deadline.

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Stacey Hansen, International Studies Office 434-924-4252