Scholarship Details

Boren Awards for International Study - UG Scholarship

Application Deadline:



All majors


Winners receive a monthly scholarship of 650 Euros for full month. The amount will be calculated on a daily basis if you will stay less than 22 days a month. DAAD provides health insurance, accident and personal liability insurance. All interns are invited to the three-day RISE Germany meeting in Heidelberg at the beginning of July and will receive an allowance of 160 Euros for travel to the meeting.

The scholarship does not cover international travel costs.


U.S. citizens at the time of the national application deadline
A high school graduate, or have earned a GED
At least 18 years of age or older at the time of the national application deadline
Planning an overseas program in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand
Planning to study in a country of which they are not a citizen
Matriculated for the duration of their Boren Awards-funded program in an undergraduate or graduate degree program located within the United States and accredited by a body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
(For ROTC cadets and midshipmen and members of the military Reserves or National Guard) In inactive, non-drilling status for the duration of their Boren Awards-funded program
In addition to these basic eligibility criteria, the Boren Awards give preference to programs based on their duration, focus on intensive study of a preferred language in a preferred country, and the applicant’s field of study.

Terms of Award:

The Boren Awards promote long-term linguistic and cultural immersion. Proposed programs of two or more semesters are strongly encouraged. Preference will be given to Boren Awards applicants proposing overseas programs of at least 25 weeks’ duration. The minimum duration of an eligible program is 12 weeks for most Boren Awards applicants. (A special exception to this rule exists for undergraduate STEM majors, who may propose summer programs of 8 weeks or longer -- see below).

Boren Awards funding in the 2022 application cycle may be applied to programs starting as early as June 4, 2022 or as late as March 1, 2023. (Note: Funding for program expenses incurred after May 31, 2023 is contingent upon availability and cannot be guaranteed at the time of award. Applicants should include a budget for the full duration of their proposed program. Confirmation of availability of funds for study beyond May 31, 2023 will be communicated to recipients in Spring 2023.)

Boren Awards funding must cover a continuous period of overseas study. Short mid-program trips out of the country of study are allowed but will need to be pre-approved by IIE. Multiple, sequential programs in the same language and country are eligible for Boren Awards funding and may be necessary to reach the desired award threshold.

Study tours of several countries, such as a semester at sea, are not eligible for Boren Awards funding.

Boren Scholarships Maximum Award Amounts:

8-11 weeks: $8,000 for a summer program (STEM majors only)
12-24 weeks: $12,500
25-52 weeks: $25,000

Please Submit:

Application Process: The university is required to review all applications, so there is an internal deadline noted above. Applicants will have a chance to revise their materials, if necessary, prior to final submission by the national deadline.

**NOTE: DO NOT SUBMIT your application until the office has reviewed your documentation and offered feedback. We do not have the ability to return your materials for revision if you do submit. When your application is complete, notify the office (

Complete applications are submitted through Boren's application system and are comprised of the following materials:

Application form (details here)
Study abroad program and budget (guidance here)
Two essays (guidelines here)
Two letters of recommendation (details here)
A third letter is optional
Unofficial transcripts from all universities attended, current transcripts should include fall
Language self-assessment (guidelines here)
Language proficiency form (optional, details here)

Online Application: