David L. Boren (NSEP) Undergraduate Scholarship


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.  Winners will study a foreign language during their time abroad in an eligible country.


  1. U.S. citizen
  2. Must work toward 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 the Boren website)
  4. Must study a foreign language during the study abroad


Strong applicants will be eligible in three (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 six (6) months or more).  The Boren Scholarship has a complete list of preferences here.  Applicants who are considering a year-long program in order to meet the Boren preference for length of study may wish to view a list of available programs offered 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 for each year of the scholarship. Priority agencies are the Department of Defense, Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, or the Intelligence Community.  Strong applicants will have a desire to work toward 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 Maria Garcia in the Office of Graduate Studies at majgarcia@ucdavis.edu.