The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. Such international exchange is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.


The Gilman Scholarship is open to all US citizen undergraduates, in good academic standing, who meet the criteria listed below:

 The applicant must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant or 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.

 The applicant is applying to or has been accepted into a study abroad program eligible for credit by the student’s accredited institution of higher education in the U.S

 The applicant is studying abroad for at least 4 weeks in one country. Programs going to more than one country are eligible if the student will be studying in one country for at least 4 weeks.

 The applicant is studying abroad in any country except Cuba or a country on the State Department’s current travel warning list.

Selection Criteria

The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.

The Gilman scholarship aims to support a diverse range of students who have been traditionally under-represented in study abroad, including but not limited to:

 Student with high financial need

 Students studying in non-traditional countries, especially those outside of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand

 Students with diverse ethnic backgrounds

 Students from a diverse range of institutions including four-year, public, private, community colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges, Hispanic Serving Institutions and other Minority Serving Institutions.

 Students with disabilities

Award Benefits

Over 2,700 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study or intern abroad. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being approximately $4,000 for fall and spring programs, and $3,000 for summer programs.

Spring 2016 Timeline

The Spring 2016 application cycle is for study abroad programs beginning between December 15, 2015 and April 15, 2016. This cycle encompasses spring semester, quarter, calendar year, winter inter-session and January term programs that are a minimum of four weeks in length. 

Please be aware that the application deadline is in Central Time and take into consideration the applicable time difference as you prepare to submit your application.

August, 11 2015 Online application opens for Spring 2016 study abroad programs and internships.
October 6, 2015 Student Deadline for submission of online application, including transcript(s). Must submit application by 11:59pm CDT.
October 13, 2015 Advisor Deadline for submission of online Study Abroad Advisor and Financial Aid Advisor section.
October/November 2015 Complete Applications are processed and distributed to selection panels for review.
Late November, 2015 All Applicants are notified of the status of their application via email. Study Abroad and Financial Aid Advisors will be notified of scholarship recipients via email. A list of the recipients will be available on the Gilman website.
December 2015/ January 2016 Scholarship recipients must accept/decline their award and submit required documentation.

Summer 2016 Timelines

Students with programs beginning between May 1, 2016 and August 1, 2016 (that meet the program length minimum of four weeks) can apply to either or both summer 2016 application cycles outlined below. Depending on the student's study abroad program or international internship commitment deadlines, students can determine the summer application cycle that best meets their timeline of notification.

All applicants are notified of the status of their application via email. Study abroad and financial aid advisors will be notified of scholarship recipients via email and will be able to view applicants and recipient statuses in their Gilman advisor account. A list of the awards offered will be available on the Gilman website. If an applicant for the summer 2016 early application is not selected, they may re-apply during the summer 2016 application cycle as long as they continue to meet the Gilman Scholarship Program's eligibility criteria.

Please be aware that the application deadline is in Central Time and take into consideration the applicable time difference as you prepare to submit your application.

Summer 2016 Early Application Summer 2016
Application Opens August 11, 2015 Mid-January 2016
Student Deadline to Submit       October 6, 2015 March 1, 2016
Advisor Deadline to Certify October 13, 2015 March 8, 2016
Application Processing &  Selection Panels
(Only eligible and complete applications will be considered.)

December 2015 /January 2016

March/April 2016                  

Applicant Notification

Late February 2016

Late April 2016

Recipient Acceptance & Award Documentation

February/March 2016

May 2016

Scholarship Website:http://www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program/About-the-Program