Study less commonly taught languages abroad for an academic year or a summer + a semester. STEM majors may apply for summer-only programs.


January 31, 2024

5:00pm EST


Award recipients


Eleanor Ross

Boren Scholar

Quick facts


US Citizen


Sophomore, Junior



Endorsement Required


Award Amount

Usually cover full costs of travel, living, and tution based on your application budget.


NSEP awards scholarships to American students for study of world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the Middle East). Boren Scholarships are for undergraduates and Boren Fellowships are for graduate students. 


U.S. citizens who are first years through juniors are eligible. Your proposed study abroad plans must prioritize studying one of Boren's target languages (20+ contact hours per week) in a target country to be competitive. Plan ahead to be sure your study abroad plans must meet Duke Global Education Office (GEO) requirements so you can receive academic credit and/or study abroad during the academic year.  If you propose a study program that is not already Duke-approved, you will need to start sooner to go through Duke GEO's petition process for approval.  Those accepting Boren Awards commit to serve one year of employment in the Federal government with national security duties--broadly defined (defense, intelligence, diplomacy, development...).

If you receive financial aid at Duke, you may not need to accept your entire Boren Scholarship award offer from your application budget to receive your full financial benefit from being offered a Boren Scholarship. Please reach out to your Financial Aid advisor if you are offered a Boren Scholarship to understand all your options.