Boren & CLS Scholarships to fund language study abroad

These opportunities are open to both undergrad and grad applicants.



Join us for an introduction to Boren and Critical Language Scholarships to fund language study abroad. Scholarships like the Boren and CLS provide funding to U.S. citizen students at varying levels of proficiency to study languages considered to be “critical” to U.S. interests.


These sessions will provide an overview of the scholarships and insights on how to develop competitive applications. We encourage first-generation students, students of color, and students who identify as underrepresented within the university to attend.


Boren & CLS Virtual Information Sessions

CLS Virtual Application Workshop


Boren Awards Highlights:

  • Open to U.S. citizens.
  • Up to $25,000 for students who study language abroad during the academic year (semester or longer).
  • Must be studying a language abroad (list of preferred languages here).
  • Up to $8,000 for STEM students to study a language abroad during the summer.
  • Up to $30,000 for graduate students who will study a language abroad. Graduate students can incorporate research/fieldwork.
  • Selected students must commit to working for in the federal government for one year.

Critical Language Scholarship Highlights:

  • Open to U.S. citizen undergraduates and graduates in every field.
  • Fully funded intensive language and cultural immersion program (FREE)!
  • Languages offered are: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.
  • Program includes cultural activities, field trips, room & board, and travel.
  • Must be enrolled during fall 2021; open to students graduating in spring 2022.



Undergraduates can contact Emily Smith:

Graduate students can contact Michelle Sutton:

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