National Security Education Program David L. Boren Scholarships


(1) To provide the necessary resources, accountability and flexibility to meet the national security education needs of the United States, especially as such needs change over time; (2) To increase the quantity, diversity, and quality of the teaching and learning of subjects in the fields of foreign language, area studies, counterproliferation studies, and other international fields that are critical to the Nations interest; (3) To produce an increased pool of applicants for work in the departments and agencies of the United States Government with national security responsibilities; and (4) To expand, in conjunction with other Federal programs, the international experience, knowledge base, and perspectives on which the United States citizenry, Government employees and leaders rely.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Department of Defense
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2023 Career Seminar and Planning Implementation, Language Proficiency testing Outreach and Implementation.
David L. Boren National Security Education Act, Public Law 102-183, 50 U.S.C. 1901-1912
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
The award for this program is made to a nonprofit organization that administers this assistance program on behalf of DoD. The award is typically a cooperative agreement made to administer this CFDA program as well as CFDA # 12.550 (The Language Flagship Grants to Institutions of Higher Education) and CFDA # 12.552 (National Security Education Program David L. Boren Fellowships). The award is reported to under CFDA 12.550, which has the most funding between the three programs
Beneficiary Eligibility
Any U.S. citizen enrolled in a degree seeking program at an accredited two- or four- year public or private U.S. institution of higher education (defined in 20 U.S.C. 1001 of the Higher Education Act of 1965) is eligible to apply for an undergraduate scholarship. Students enrolled in Federal government schools are not eligible.
Award to applicant is subject to: 1) receipt of applicable/acceptable certifications and representations; 2) having a current registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) (; 3), the applicant, its principals, proposed subrecipients/subrecipient principals not appearing in SAM Exclusions as currently debarred, suspended, or otherwise ineligible; and 4) meeting other proposal requirements specified by the awarding office. For beneficiaries, proof of enrollment and proof of U.S. citizenship is required .
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Beneficiaries include all eligible, U.S. undergraduate students may apply for scholarships in response to the relevant agency announcement.
Award Procedure
Award decisions will be based on a competitive selection of proposals resulting from an independent merit review.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
From 60 to 90 days.
Boren Scholarship recipients may be eligible to apply for a NSEP David L. Boren Fellowship if they subsequently enroll in a graduate degree program at an accredited U.S. institution of higher education.
How are proposals selected?
Boren Scholarship recipients (beneficiaries) are selected based on merit including (1) academic record and potential to succeed in the proposed study, (2) commitment to federal service, (3) language interests and aptitude, and (4) quality and appropriateness of the proposed program and its relevance to the National Security Education Program.
How may assistance be used?
Scholarship awards are given to degree-seeking undergraduate U.S. citizens. All Boren Scholarship recipients agree to seek employment in the federal government, and serve for a period of time equal to the length of the award but no less than one year.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Each award recipient receives an oral proficiency interview (OPI) before traveling abroad in the language for which they receive funding and then again after returning to the U.S. Those who have no proficiency before traveling are waived the pre-test. Also, in some rare languages there are no OPIs available.
Not applicable.
Record keeping requirements are in accordance with the terms and conditions of the award, which will include appropriate provisions related to recipient records that are required by the DoD Grant and Agreement Regulations (DoDGARs).
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Eligible students may receive Boren Scholarships for no more than twelve (12) months. 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. Summer-only programs must be eight weeks or more and are limited to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students. Those studying abroad for six months or longer receive a front end payment equal to 50% of their award, then another 30% a third of the way into their funded period, then about 20% another third into their funded period, and finally $500 after returning to the U.S. and completing a language proficiency test. Those studying abroad for twelve weeks to just under six months receive a front end payment equal to 60% of their award, then about 40% half way into their funded period, and finally $500 after returning to the U.S. and completing a language proficiency test. Those studying abroad eight to eleven weeks receive a front end payment of about 100% and then $500 after returning to the U.S. and completing a language proficiency test.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
For more information, go to
Headquarters Office
Alison Patz
Suite 08 G 08
4800 Mark Center Dr.
Alexandria, VA 22350 US
Phone: 571.256.0771
Fax: 703.696.5667
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 22$25,000,000.00; FY 23 est $0.00; FY 24 est $0.00; FY 21$23,000,000.00; FY 20$20,000,000.00; FY 18$2,330,000.00; FY 19 est $15,000,000.00; FY 17$3,430,000.00; FY 16$2,330,000.00; - Award ending.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Assistance to beneficiaries range: $0 - $20,000. Average - $18,000
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
50 U.S.C. 1901-1912 (Chap. 37); and Department of Defense Instruction 1025.6, "National Security Education Program Service Agreement," December 20, 1996. The DoDGARS (as updated through DoD's interim implementation of 2 CFR part 200 which can be found at 2 CFR part 1103) applies to DoD grants and cooperative agreements.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2023 LTC Fellowship and Scholarships