Fund Details
National Security Education Program NSEP David L Boren Undergraduate Scholarship
Competition Type
Global/National - Yale Endorsement

Description:

The National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to US undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. (The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.)

Boren Scholars represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. See the lists of preferred countries, languages, and fields of study on the Boren website. (See also, below, the "Restrictions to Use of Award.")

Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to US national security. So applicants should identify how their study abroad program, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to US national security, broadly defined. NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.

The NSEP service requirement stipulates that an award recipient work for the Federal Government in a position with national security responsibilities for an amount of time equal to the duration of assistance provided under the program, but in no case less than one year. Service should begin within three years of graduation, but is deferrable for graduate school. Detailed information on the service obligation may be found on the official website.



Application Information:

The deadline by which to apply for Yale's nomination for the Boren Scholarships for 2018-19 is 1pm on January 22, 2018.


*Official informational webinars about the Boren are offered each year between October and January; see the schedule on their website. The official website also offers helpful advice on what makes for a competitive application.

Application for the Boren Scholarship is coordinated through Fellowship Programs at the Yale Center for International & Professional Experience.  Interested applicants, after doing some research of their own, may refer questions about the Boren Scholarships to Fellowship Programs (meetings by appointment); however, meeting with an adviser is not mandatory.

**Questions about choosing the study abroad program that's right for you and about receiving Yale credit for study abroad are best addressed by a Study Abroad Adviser.

Note: Yale applicants for the Boren Scholarship must, via this Database, answer a few questions and submit a one-page résumé (required by the Fellowships office, not by the Boren), before the campus application deadline, and

they must also review all instructions, apply online via the website for the national competitionand click to "submit" their applications to the Yale committee before the campus deadline. See the official website for full application information. Note that the official application requires the following additional materials (which must be submitted by the campus application deadline):

  1. Two or three letters of recommendation (two letters are required, a third is optional).*

  2. A description with cost information for both the preferred and alternate study abroad programs proposed.

  3. A language self-assessment form

  4. language proficiency form (optional; if applicable, to be completed by an applicant's language instructor; send the form to your language evaluator via the official online application on the NSEP/Boren website)

  5. A scan of each of your official transcripts: request an official Yale College transcript, as well as official transcripts from any other institution attended for post-secondary studies. (Freshmen must also submit an official high school transcript.) You will need to scan and upload digital copies of any transcripts (like those for Yale College) not available in digital format. (Tip: Yale College transcripts are easier to read if you scan them in color; don't worry that the scan says "copy" across it. If you need help obtaining scans of transcripts, please stop by the Fellowships office during normal business hours, in advance of the application deadline.) 

  • For the campus round of competition, if fall term grades are not yet available (check SIS) you may submit a copy of an unofficial Yale College transcript. As the national deadline approaches, you'll need to request an official transcript so that it may be scanned and uploaded before the national deadline (the Fellowships office will be able to help with substituting an official transcript in the official application system). 

*Advice from the Boren on whom to ask for letters: "It is best if two of the letters are from academic sources. When considering who to ask, you should look at more than just who gave you good grades. The best references are written by people who can comment on 1) your academic, linguistic, and personal preparation for the study abroad program, especially as they relate to the Boren Scholarship objectives and 2) your understanding of the relationship between your program and US national security, broadly defined, as well as your career interests."





Special Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must be US citizens.

NSEP/Boren scholarships can only be applied to study abroad in countries outside Western Europe, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada. Appropriate and integrated study of a foreign language is required for all proposals. Preference will be given to applicants who are studying fields identified by the NSEP as critical to national security (see further here).

Students who have never studied abroad and need financial assistance to do so are especially encouraged to apply.

Selection will be based on merit with particular emphasis on evaluating whether the applicant's plans for studying abroad complement his or her own academic and career goals in the US. Other factors considered will include academic record, letters of recommendation, potential to succeed in the proposed study abroad program, language aptitude, and the quality and appropriateness of the proposed program.

Undergraduate students may apply for study in Summer, Fall, Spring, or the entire academic year (the longer, the better).

  • Awards for summer study are only available to students majoring in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). Summer programs must be a minimum of 8 weeks, and must include appropriate and integrated study of a foreign language.
  • Seniors may only apply for NSEP assistance provided they will not graduate from Yale before or during the period of study abroad. Since they will no longer be enrolled at Yale following graduation, they are ineligible for an award for the summer after senior year.
Students who are Pell Grant recipients might also like to consider applying for the Gilman International Scholarships (applications for spring study abroad due early the October before; applications for summer and for the following academic year due early March).




Restrictions to Use of Award:

The Boren does not fund study in western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.

Awards for summer study are only available to students majoring in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). Summer programs must be a minimum of 8 weeks, and must include appropriate and integrated study of a foreign language. (An alternative option for summer language study might be US Department of State Critical Language Scholarships, applications for which are usually due in early November of the year prior to study.)

*Students wishing to receive Yale credit for study abroad must propose a program for which Yale credit is eligible and must meet all requirements. See the Yale study abroad website for further information.

**All interested applicants must review the Yale International Travel Policy. Study in some countries on the Boren list may not be possible for Yale undergraduates, based on the Yale International Travel Policy.




Links to Additional Information:

  1. Official NSEP/Boren Scholarship website
  2. Fellowships application advice
  3. Book a Fellowships advising appointment (even during much of winter break, via phone/Skype)
  4. Study Abroad information for Yale College students
  5. Yale College International Travel Policy


Contact Information:

For questions about this application, please contact Rebekah Westphal at rebekah.westphal@yale.edu.

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          Citizenship Status
          • U.S. citizens are eligible
            Begin Accepting Applications Date:
            11/02/2017
            Deadline Date (EST Time Zone):
            1/22/2018 1:00 PM