Study Abroad

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is funded by the U.S. Department of State and its goal is to offer grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students with limited financial means the opportunity to participate in credit-bearing study abroad programs and international internships.  Specifically, the program aims to broaden the student populations studying and interning abroad by supporting those who have been traditionally underrepresented, including but not limited to: students with high financial need, students from diverse ethnic backgrounds, students going to non-traditional countries, students with disabilities, first generation college students, and students in underrepresented fields of study. Thousands of scholarships are awarded every year, and award amounts vary depending on the length of the program and student need but can be up to $5,000 or $8,000 if the student is pursuing a program in a critical need language. 


To be eligible for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, the undergraduate student must be a U.S. citizen in good academic standing who is:


  1. Receiving a Federal Pell Grant or is able 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 program or internship.
  2. Applying to or has been accepted by their chosen study abroad program or internship and the program is eligible for credit at the student’s institution of higher education.
  3. Studying or interning abroad for at least four weeks (28 days) in one country – and no more than one academic year.
  4. Studying or interning in any country except Cuba or a country on the U.S. Department of State’s current Travel Warning List.


For more information about the program, please visit the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship website or visit their page of frequently asked questions.  Information about deadlines can be found here.


Thinking about applying? Here are useful resources to consider for the application process:



If you have any additional questions or need assistance in writing or editing your essay, please contact Alexander Lindsay, Study Abroad Coordinator, by emailing


Attend an Information Session:

Thursday, September 21 or Monday, September 25

3:30 to 4:30 p.m. | 213 Clayton Hall

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