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National Security Education Program NSEP-Boren

  • David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarship


    The deadline for this year has not been set yet. It typically is in the first week or two of February.


    Scholarships are available during the following semesters:

    • Summer
    • Fall
    • Spring

    Minimum amount of time spent abroad is the six-week summer session, but students may study for a semester or full-academic year. Students should keep in mind that longer periods of study are recommended because they allow for more in-depth cultural and linguistic immersions.


    NSEP-Boren scholarships can be applied to study abroad in all countries, except the countries listed below:

    Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Iceland, Austria, Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Greece.

    Preference will be given to students applying for countries deemed critical to national security.


    To encourage students to add an international component to their education that will help them build a strong base as future leaders. They also encourage students to gain international experience and language skills necessary for a competitive performance in today's world.


    All recipients of NSEP awards must seek employment with a federal agency or office involved in national security affairs.

    Student must be:

    • A U.S. citizen at the time of application.
    • 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 must end before he or she graduates.

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    Paper applications are available upon request by email at or by calling 1-800-618-NSEP.

    More Information about the NSEP