Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship

Offering scholars an international experience, the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship provides students with the opportunity to study or intern abroad. This scholarship has assisted over 125,000 students study in 145 countries. The mission of the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship is to help students who are academically advanced but encounter financial limitations. Studying abroad helps up and coming professionals to break cultural barriers, as well as advance in their careers.


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 competitiveness.


The  Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.


 Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Eligibility Criteria


To be eligible for a  Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship , an applicant must be:


  • A citizen or national of the United States;


  • An undergraduate student in good standing at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States (including both two-year and four-year institutions);


  • Receiving a Federal Pell Grant during the time of application or provide proof that they will be receiving a Pell Grant during the term of their study abroad program or internship;


  • In the process of applying to, or accepted to, a credit-bearing study abroad or internship program. Proof of program acceptance is required prior to award disbursement.


 Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Selection Criteria


  • Impact of program and destination on student’s academic and career trajectory.


  • Community impact abroad and upon student’s return home.


  • Academic preparedness.


  • Diversity of background and experience.


  • Commitment to proficiency in a critical language.


Application Process


The application process includes:


Submitting an  application online which includes the following:


  • Statement of Purpose and Community Impact Essays


  • Transcripts (unofficial and official both accepted)


Both Study Abroad and Financial Aid Certifying Advisors must certify your application by the advisor deadline.


It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that both advisors have certified their application by the advisor deadline.


All applicants must contact the appropriate offices at their home institutions in order to determine the correct study abroad and financial aid certifying advisors to certify their application.


If an advisor is not listed within the online application, reach out to the appropriate advisor(s) at your institution so that they register an account in the Gilman Advisor Portal and will be verified within 1-2 business days. 


After verification, the advisor’s name will appear in the online application.


Applications without certifications will not be considered.


Click here to apply.


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