Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad. A Gilman Scholarship enables students to gain proficiency in diverse languages and cultures, skills that are critically important to their academic and career development. The Gilman Scholarship Program broadens the student population that studies and interns abroad by supporting undergraduates who have been historically underrepresented in study abroad and who may not have otherwise participated due to financial constraints. To be eligible for this opportunity, students must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant at 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.
The Gilman Scholarship provides scholarship awards of up to $5,000 for U.S. citizen undergraduate students at two- and four-year institutions to pursue a credit-bearing study abroad or internship program for up to one academic year. The award is to cover eligible study or intern abroad costs. These costs include program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance, international airfare, passport and visa fees.
The program seeks to encourage students to choose nontraditional study abroad destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe and Australia, and also encourages students to study languages, especially critical need languages (those deemed important to national security). 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. The Critical Need Language Award is competitive and offered to a limited number of Gilman scholars each year.
The Gilman Scholarship is a program of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).