Number of scholarships to award
- tuition fee reduction
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 Gilman Scholarship Program broadens the student population that studies and interns abroad by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints.
To be eligible for a Gilman Scholarship, an applicant must:
- Be a citizen of the United States;
- Be 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);
- Be 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;
- Be in the process of applying to, or accepted to, a credit-bearing study abroad or internship program, or a virtual international program.
- Proof of program acceptance is required prior to award disbursement;
- Be applying for credit-bearing study abroad programs in a country or area with an overall Travel Advisory Level 1 or 2, according to the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Advisory System. However, certain locations within these countries or areas may be designated within the Travel Advisory as either “Do not travel to” (Level 4) or “Reconsider travel to” (Level 3) locations, as such; students will not be allowed to travel to these specific locations.
Study experience required
The October deadline application will typically open in mid-August for applicants whose programs start between December of the current year and October of the following year. This cycle encompasses upcoming spring, summer, autumn and academic year programs. Applicants should note the application deadline typically falls during the first week of October and applicants are notified of their status via email in December.
The March deadline application will typically open in mid-January for applicants whose programs start between May of the current year and April of the following year. This cycle encompasses summer, autumn, academic year and following spring programs. Applicants should note the application deadline typically falls during the first week of March and applicants are notified of their status via email in May.
If an applicant is not selected during their application cycle, they may reapply for the next cycle as long as they continue to meet eligibility requirements