National Fellowships

National Security Education Program David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships

Official site:
Campus Deadline: December 8, 2016
Final Deadline: February 8, 2017 by 5:00 pm EST

NSEP was designed to provide American undergraduates with the resource encouragement they need to acquire skills and experience in countries and areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation. The NSEP has four principal objectives:

  • Equip Americans with an understanding of less commonly taught languages and cultures and enable them to become integrally involved in global issues.
  • Build a critical base of future leaders, both in the marketplace and in government service, who have cultivated international relationships and worked and studied alongside foreign experts.
  • Develop a cadre of professionals with more-than-traditional knowledge of language and culture, who can use this ability to help the United States make sound decisions and deal effectively with global issues.
  • Enhance institutional capacity and increase the number of faculty who can educate U.S. citizens toward achieving these goals.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to focus their studies on one of the geographic areas, languages and/or fields listed on the web site. NSEP also encourages applications for study in other countries where a compelling argument can be made that an increased understanding and appreciation represents an important contribution to U.S. national security. All recipients of NSEP awards are required to seek employment with a federal agency or office involved in national security affairs. Study of a foreign language appropriate to the identified country must be part of each proposal.