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Boren Academic Year,
|Restrictions:||KU applicants only|
|Dates / Deadlines:|
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Boren Academic Year||2013-2014||01/15/2013||01/31/2013||TBA||TBA|
Indicates that deadline has passed
|Study Abroad Program Coordinator:||Justine Hamilton||Open to Non-KU students:||No|
|Open to graduate students:||No|
Boren Scholarships (www.borenawards.org) provide up to $20,000 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, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security.
Are you eligible?
To be eligible for the undergraduate scholarship award, students must be U.S. citizens, degree-seeking students at a U.S. post-secondary institution, planning to apply to engage in a study abroad experience in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand, and planning to use the scholarship for study abroad program that will end before graduation.
Strong Boren candidates will be applying to study abroad to study languages and cultures currently underrepresented in study abroad for a semester or year in geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Boren is also eager to receive applications from students in subfields that are particularly relevant to U.S. national security. It 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. All applicants must demonstrate how their study programs and future goals are connected to this broad understanding of national security.
Over the past several years many KU students have applied for and received awards to study many languages including Arabic, Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, and Tajik. While they still encourage applications to study these important languages, Boren especially wants to encourage applications from the following underrepresented languages: Hindi, Korean, Persian, Turkish, and Urdu.
Additionally, Boren also has an African Languages Initiative that provides additional funding for intensive language and cultural study during fall semester 2012 in the following countries:
• Tanzania (Swahili)
• Mozambique (Portuguese)
• South Africa (Zulu)
Duration of Study
Boren Scholarships promote long term linguistic and cultural immersion, and therefore study abroad proposals for two or more semesters are strongly encouraged. Preference will be given to undergraduate applicants proposing a full-year academic study. Boren-funded programs can begin no earlier than June 1.
Work Service Requirement
There is a work service requirement for Boren scholarship recipients. Therefore, students interested in the program should have an interest in working, at least for a year, for the federal government in the Department of State, Department of Defense, or Department of Homeland Security or within any of the other agencies that comprise the U.S. Intelligence Community. Recipients are required (and assisted) to find a job no later than three years after the date of graduation from or termination of the program of study for which the scholarship was awarded. Recipients may elect to satisfy the service requirement by accepting suitable full-time, part-time, temporary, and/or paid or unpaid internship positions. Boren does not have the authority to require an individual to accept any position.
How to Apply
Choosing a program and a country for study abroad is the first step in the Boren application process. To find a program, you would probably want to go through the KU Office of Study Abroad the way most students do; by first meeting with a Peer Advisor to look over options (KU & non-KU) and then meeting with a Program Coordinator to narrow down your search to one or two programs.
Once you've worked with a program coordinator and chosen a two or more programs that fit your goals and objectives, then you should schedule an appointment to meet with the KU Boren Campus Representative for the Undergraduate Scholarship, Justine Hamilton, who is also a Program Coordinator in the KU Office of Study Abroad, and begin your application through KU.
Boren Application KU Handbook
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Boren Scholarship Application Timeline
December 1 – Deadline for Essays to the KU Office of Study Abroad
Fall Finals Week – KU Campus Review Process Interviews
Early February – Boren deadline for applications online and for supplemental materials
Early May – Boren award decisions announced
If a student is interested in applying after the December campus deadline, they should contact the Boren Campus Representative IMMEDIATELY. Late applicants are not guaranteed an on-campus review process, and the Boren Campus Representative will have no time to review any essay drafts.
For more information, visit www.borenawards.org.