STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP: Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for Pell Grant recipients

By Rachel Gould, September 14, 2023

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Are you a Pell Grant recipient who is thinking of studying abroad in Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall 2024?  If so, consider applying for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program!  Nearly 3,000 Gilman scholarships of up to $5,000 are awarded each academic year!


Katie Sullivan, a 2022 IC graduate and Gilman scholarship recipient, hosted a virtual info session in January 2023 about the Gilman application process and her experiences abroad in Australia.  You can watch the recording of that session to hear her tips for applying for the Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship.  

The below information is taken from the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship website.

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad. Award recipients are chosen by a competitive selection process and must use the award to defray eligible study or intern abroad costs. These costs include program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance, international airfare, and passport and visa fees.

The Gilman Scholarship 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 also encourages students to study languages, especially critical need 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. By supporting undergraduate students who have high financial need, the program has been successful in supporting students who have been historically underrepresented in education abroad.

The Gilman application cycle for programs with start dates between December 1, 2023 and October 31, 2023 is currently open, and the application deadline is October 5, 2023

Undergraduate students in good standing, who are U.S. citizens or nationals receiving federal Pell Grant funding are eligible to apply. Students must be in the process of applying to, or be accepted to, a credit-bearing study abroad or internship program. 

Applicants who are studying a critical need language while abroad can apply for a supplemental award of up to $3,000, for a combined total of $8,000. A list of eligible languages can be found on the Critical Need Language Award page.

If your parent(s) or guardian(s) are active-duty military members, you should also consider applying for this separate award (in addition to the standard Benjamin A. Gilman award). The Gilman-McCain scholarship requires that students receive ANY type of Title IV federal financial aid during the study abroad program; it is not limited to Pell Grant recipients.

Additional information about the Gilman International Scholarship program can be found on their website by clicking on the following links:

Schedule an appointment with a study abroad adviser - we'll help you find the program that's right for you.  You can also join the Study Abroad page on IC Engage, and follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

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