Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

Award Amount: $5,000

Number of Awards: Over 2,900 scholarships

Deadline: October 3, 2017

Winner Announcement: Not known

Brief Description:

The U.S. Department of State is proud to announce the Gilman Scholarship that is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs(ECA), supported in its implementation by IIE. The Program is open to only U.S. citizen who currently enroll as undergraduate students, and who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.The Gilman Program works with universities and colleges across the U.S. to encourage and support applicants from public, private, two-year and four-year institutions.

Host Institution:

The United States Department of State (DOS) is the United States federal executive department. The Department is headquartered in the Harry S Truman Building located at 2201 C Street, NW, a few blocks away from the White House in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ (ECA) mission is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange that assist in the development of peaceful relations.


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 or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant during the term of his/her study abroad program or internship
  • Be 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 and eligible for credit from the student’s home institution. Proof of program acceptance is required prior to award disbursement
  • Be proposing to study in a country not currently under a Travel Warning issued by the United States Department of State or otherwise determined ineligible for program participation.
  • 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 as listed above.

How to Apply:

To apply, the applicant must submit an online application go through the given link:

Supporting Documents:

There are two essays required as part of the Gilman Scholarship application:

  • The Statement of Purpose Essay
  • The Follow-on Service Project Proposal.

Financial Aid and Award Money:

  • Over 2,900 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.
  • Applicants who are studying a critical need language while abroad in a country in which the language is predominantly spoken can apply for a supplemental award of up to $3,000, for a combined total of $8,000.
  • This award is competitive and offered to a limited number of Gilman scholars each year. Not all students who are studying these languages will receive $8,000.
  • In addition to receiving additional funds for language study, students who are awarded the Critical Need Language Award and complete their Gilman Scholarship requirements will be offered the opportunity to take the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI).

Application deadline:

The spring &summer early application deadline is October 3, 2017, and advisor certification deadline is October 10, 2017. The online application is due at 11:59 PM Central Time on deadline day.

If your program starts-

  • Between July 15 and October 15, apply for the fall program application.
  • Between December 15 and April 15, apply for the spring program application.
  • Between May 1 and August 1, apply for the summer program application, there are two available summer application cycles.

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