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 applications will meet three (3) or more of the following Boren preferences:  studying in a preferred country, studying a preferred language, in a program of the preferred length, within preferred fields of study, and commitment to working in national security.  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.

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


Applicants are highly encouraged to schedule an advising appointment with Scott Palmer by sending your full availability, CV, and any application materials you would like reviewed at least two weeks prior to the foundation deadline.  Applicants will need to visit here to complete and submit their applications to the foundation.  


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.