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, an applicant must be:


  1. A citizen of the United States;
  2. 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);
  3. 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;
  4. In the process of applying to, or accepted for, a study abroad or internship program of at least two weeks for community college students and three weeks for students from four-year institutions, in a single country or area and eligible for credit from the student’s home institution. Proof of program acceptance is required prior to award disbursement;
  5. 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. Moreover, students are not eligible to apply for programs in a country or area with an overall Level 3 or 4 Travel Advisory. Please note that Travel Advisories may change at any point as new information becomes available and that countries or areas may be added or removed from the eligible country or area list during the application period and/or after the application period ends. The U.S. Department of State reserves the right to request program changes for specific countries or areas if deemed necessary during any stage of the application or selection process, or while a student is overseas. The Gilman Program, under the direction of the U.S. Department of State, aims to work with students to make scholarship experiences a success. Should a Travel Advisory change to a Level 3 or 4 after the student has been granted the award, the program will coordinate with participants to select a different destination study site that falls within the guidelines provided by the U.S. State Department Travel Advisory system. In determining a grantee’s status, the Gilman Program, under the direction of the U.S. Department of State, is the final decision making authority regarding the continuation of a student’s participation as a grantee of the Gilman Program


Eligibility Note

Gilman Scholarship recipients can only receive the scholarship once. If a student previously declined the Gilman Scholarship, they are welcome to re-apply, as long as they still meet all eligibility requirements listed above.


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


Thinking about applying? Attend an information session on February 21 at 3:30 p.m. in 205 Gore Hall and consider the following useful resources:



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