For veterans interested in pursuing their service by working for the government, NSEP offers the David L. Boren Scholarships and David L. Boren Fellowships program. These undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships are available to all U.S. students for up to one academic year of overseas study of languages and cultures critical to national security. Awardees are outstanding students, as determined through a competitive national merit-based process. Boren Scholars and Fellows agree to fulfill a one-year (minimum) service commitment to the federal government in a position that contributes to U.S. national security.

The Boren Awards provide up to $20,000 for undergraduate students (Boren Scholars) and up to $24,000 for graduate students (Boren Fellows).  Boren Awards are selected based on the geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. NSEP uses 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.

Preference is also given to students who are willing to study abroad for longer periods and who demonstrate motivation to work in the federal government.

Over the past five years, NSEP has awarded Boren Scholarships and Fellowships to 75+ veteran candidates. Given their demonstrated commitment to public service, veterans make excellent Boren awardees.

The Boren Scholarships and Fellowships program is actively seeking strong veteran candidates who want to take on the challenge of advanced language proficiency and overseas experience as part of their preparation for future federal service. To find out about how to apply for a Boren Award, please go to