The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Such international study is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.
- Are applying to or have already been accepted into a study abroad program...
- Are planning on spending at least a semester abroad (or a summer for students in science, engineering, nursing, and other highly structured majors)...
- Are receiving federal pell grants...
...should strongly consider applying for a Gilman Scholarship. International experience is critically important in the educational and career development of American students, but it can also require a substantial financial investment. The Gilman Scholarship Program broadens the student population that studies abroad by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints. The program aims to encourage students to choose non-traditional study abroad destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe and Australia. The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to support students who have been traditionally under-represented in study abroad, including but not limited to, students with high financial need, community college students, students in under-represented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities. The program seeks to assist students from a diverse range of public and private institutions from all 50 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico.
Award recipients are chosen by a competitive selection process and must use the award to defray eligible study abroad costs. These costs include program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance and international airfare.
Up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study abroad. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being approximately $4,000. Undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at two-year or four-year colleges or universities are eligible to apply.
Students who apply for and receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad are then eligible to receive an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement from the Gilman Scholarship Program for a total possible award of up to $8,000.
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is open to all U.S. citizen undergraduates, in good academic standing, who are 1) receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of his/her study abroad, 2) applying to or has been accepted into a study abroad program eligible for credit by the student's accredited institution of higher education in the U.S, and 3) studying in the fall, spring, or academic year terms including winter inter-sessions. Summer only programs are not eligible.
There are two components to the Gilman Scholarship application process. 1) Completing the online application and 2) being certified by the Office of International Education and Student Financial Services offices that you are approved to study abroad and what your financial need level is, respectively. Applications without certification will NOT be reviewed. It is vital that applicants work with both OIE and SFS on Gilman applications.