Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Provides up to $5,000 for a study abroad experience, for first-, second-, third-, and fourth-year students.

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic prosperity. 

The program aims to encourage students to study and intern in a diverse array of countries or areas and world regions. The program also encourages students to study languages, especially critical need languages. Scholarships are up tp $5,000, depending on the length of study and student need. Applicants who are studying a critical need language while abroad can apply for a supplemental award of up to $3,000, for a combined total of $8,000. 

Deadline Information

For Spring/Early Action Summer Programs: Tuesday, October 1, 2019

For Fall or Academic-Year Programs, Final Summer Deadline: Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Eligibility Requirements

College students who are US citizens and recipients of federal Pell Grant funding are eligible to apply.

The application deadlines for this award are in the spring and autumn.

Additional restrictions (e.g. not all countries are eligible, summer study is ineligible) apply to this award.

Application Process

There are two essays required as part of the Gilman Scholarship application: the Statement of Purpose Essay and the Follow-on Service Project Proposal.

For those applying for a Critical Need Language Award, an additional essay is required.

For more information on this opportunity, please contact: 
Sandra Zupan
Arthur Salvo