David L. Boren (NSEP) Undergraduate Scholarship

Dates and Deadlines

Campus application deadline:
January 23, 2017

Scholarship application deadline:
February 9, 2017


Winners receive up to $20,000 to study abroad within specified countries and to study language.  Winners receive up to $8,000 for a summer study abroad, $10,000 for a semester, and $20,000 for a full academic year program.


  1. U.S. Citizen
  2. Must work towards an undergraduate degree throughout the scholarship duration
  3. Must study abroad in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, or the Middle East in a country that is critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad (see list of eligible countries on Boren website)
  4. Must study a foreign language during the study abroad


Strong applicants will be eligible in 3 or more of the following areas: committed to government service, are studying in a preferred country, studying a preferred language, studying in a preferred field of study, and studying for a full academic year (defined as 6 months or more).  The Boren Scholarship has a complete list of preferences here.  Applicants who are considering a year-long program to meet the Boren preference for length of study may wish to view a list of available programs available through the UC Education Abroad Program (EAP).

Boren Scholars are required to perform a year of service with the Federal government in a position with national security responsibilities (priority agencies are:  Department of Defense, Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, or the Intelligence Community) for each year of the scholarship.  Strong applicants will have a desire to work towards national security and will articulate how the study abroad program, as well as future academic and career goals, will to contribute to U.S. national security.  Further information about the service requirement can be viewed here and a listing of available Federal jobs can be viewed here.

Interested applicants are encouraged to work with the UC Davis Study Abroad Office to identify appropriate study abroad programs prior to beginning an application on the Boren Website.


Boren Scholarship:  borenawards.org/

Federal Jobs:  usajobs.gov/

UC Davis Study Abroad Office:  studyabroad.ucdavis.edu/

UC Education Abroad Program (EAP):  uc.eap.ucop.edu/builder


To apply for the Boren Scholarship, a student needs to submit completed copies of the following documents to the Undergraduate and Prestigious Scholarships Office at scholarships@ucdavis.edu:

  1. Applicant Profile
  2. Complete Online Boren Application


If you are interested in applying for the Boren Graduate Fellowship program, please contact Deborah McCook in the Office of Graduate Studies at dlmccook@ucdavis.edu.