Boren Scholarship

The Boren Awards pay for a study abroad experience focused on the study of less-commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. national security interests. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after undergraduate or graduate school.


$12,500-$25,000 to pay for a language focused study abroad program (at least one semester in length and up to one year) OR $8,000 to pay for a language focused summer study abroad program for STEM majors.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen
  • You must be an undergraduate student who will graduate after the award period has ended
  • You must be interested in a study abroad program focusing on a government defined critical language (view the list of these languages and countries)
  • You must be willing to work for the Federal government for one year following graduation (from either undergrad or grad school)

Start your application

Make an appointment with Josh Cannon, Scholar Mentor on Pitt Pathways or by emailing

Pathways appointment tip: The Scholarships Office is in the Honors College. Select an "NS - initial intake" appointment type.