The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship offers awards up to $5000 for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for US undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study or intern abroad programs worldwide.

Who Should Apply?

The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to US citizen undergraduate students who are planning to study or intern abroad. The program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints.


The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program 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 US
  • The applicant is studying abroad for at least 28 days in one country. Programs going to more than one country are eligible if the student will be studying in one country for at least 28 consecutive days.
  • The applicant is studying abroad in any country except Cuba or a country on the US Department of State’s current Travel Warning list.

When to Apply?

The Gilman Scholarship Program accepts applications two times per year:

  • The first Tuesday of March for spring and summer programs
  • The first Tuesday of October for academic year, fall, and winter programs, as well as an early application option for summer programs


If you have any questions regarding your program start dates and when you should apply, contact the Gilman Scholarship Program.

For more information check out the Gilman Scholarship website.

Program Sponsor

U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs