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The National Security Education Program encourages students to internationalize their education by studying in countries critical to U.S. national interests, but under-represented in study abroad. Emphasized world areas include: Africa, Asia, Central, and Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. NSEP's goal is to build a base of future leaders with the language proficiency and cultural understanding necessary to deal with global issues. All recipients of NSEP awards are required to seek employment with a federal agency or office involved in national security affairs. The program helps U.S. students gain language and cultural skills, as well as valuable work experience in the federal government.

Applicants must plan to use the scholarship for a study abroad program that ends before the student graduates. Preference is given to students pursuing fields of study related to national security. NSEP undergraduate scholarships are not for study in the U.S.

Amount of Award
Up to $10,000/semester or $20,000/academic year with a minimum of $4,000/semester and $6,000/year. The service requirement is one year or the length of support, whichever is longer.

Length of Award
Freshman and sophomores can apply for summer, semester, and full year programs. Juniors and seniors can apply for semester and full year programs.

Number of Awards
97 undergraduate scholars in 2009

Application Deadline
February 8, 2018