David L. Boren Scholarship


The Boren Scholarship provides funding to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad. Boren Scholars represent many academic fields but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages. Successful candidates will be able to relate their career goals, as well as country and language choice to U.S. national security broadly defined. Applicants must demonstrate interest in government service, also broadly defined. The award is for a period of one semester or one academic year and includes $8,000 for a summer program (special initiative for STEM students only; eight weeks minimum), $10,000 for a semester and $20,000 for a full academic year.


External Deadline: February

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. citizenship at the time of application.
  • Matriculated at UB; Boren Scholars must remain matriculated in their undergraduate programs for the duration of the scholarship and may not graduate until the scholarship is complete.
  • Applying to participate in a study abroad program that meets UB standards in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia or New Zealand.

How to Apply

Submit the Boren online application in Embark, including two essays:

  1. Explain the significance of your proposed country, region and language to U.S. national security as well as your plans to fulfill the federal service requirement.
  2. Describe your proposed study abroad program, including details about language learning. The Boren application also requires two letters of recommendation.

Campus Liaison

Megan Stewart

Past Award Recipients at UB

Year Name Award Field of Study Hometown Language
2021 Dalanda Jalloh Recipient Social Science Interdisciplinary Brooklyn, NY French
2020 Alisa Delaj
Recipient Mechanical Engineering Yonkers, NY Korean
2020 Carmila Stafford  Recipient Linguistics Orchard Park, NY Japanese
2017 Kayleigh Hamernik
Recipient Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Syracuse, NY Hindi
2017 Hanna Santanam Recipient English and Anthropology Manlius, NY Hindi
2016 Kayleigh Reed Recipient Asian Studies and English Westfield, NY Urdu
2015 Casey Rothberg Recipient Economics Beacon, NY Chinese
2012 Sarah Boerschig Recipient Asian Studies and History Buffalo, NY Japanese