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Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Campus Deadline Disciplines Purpose Open To Eligibility Endorsement Required
Oct. 5 & Mar. 7 All Enables American students to gain proficiency in diverse languages and cultures, skills that are critically important to their academic and career development. Undergraduate students U.S. citizens or permanent residents No

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, providing them with skills critical to our national security and economic prosperity. To be eligible for the Gilman Program, applicants must 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.

The Gilman Program broadens the student population that studies and interns abroad by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints. The program aims to encourage students to study and intern in a diverse array of countries or areas and world regions. The program encourages students to conduct STEM-related research abroad as part of their study abroad or international internship program. The program also encourages students to study languages (those deemed important to national security). Veterans of military service are encouraged to apply, and preference is given to veterans when other factors are equivalent.

Mission of the Gilman Program:

  • Develop a generation of future American leaders who represent the rich diversity of the nation and have the international networks and skills to advance U.S. national security and economic prosperity.
  • Expand the U.S. student population that studies and interns abroad, helping more young Americans to gain the professional skills, language abilities, and knowledge of the world needed for successful careers.
  • Broaden the destinations where U.S. students study and intern abroad, in order to build relationships, foster mutual understanding, and represent American culture and values, including in developing countries and countries critical to U.S. national security.

Award Benefits: Nearly 3,000 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study or intern abroad.

Contact for more information: Lynn Aguado | Office for Education Abroad |

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For more information, please visit the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship website.
For a complete list of all awardees, including Honorable Mentions and Finalists, see All Awardees.
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