Named after retired Congressman Benjamin A. Gilman, of New York, the Gilman International Scholarship Program aims to support students who traditionally have been underrepresented in study abroad, including but not limited to: students with high financial need, students in underrepresented fields, such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities.

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. citizen

  • Must be applying to or have been accepted into a study abroad program eligible for credit by your institution.

  • Must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application or during study abroad term.

  • Study abroad for at least four consecutive weeks (equivalent to 28 days) in any country except Cuba or a country on the U.S. State Department’s current Travel Warning List.

General Information

International experience is critically important for preparing U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. The Gilman International Scholarship Program broadens the student population that studies abroad by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints. The program encourages students to choose nontraditional study abroad destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.

More than 2,300 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study abroad. Award amounts vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award approximately $4,000. Recipients must use the award to defray eligible study-abroad costs, including program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance, and international airfare.

Students who apply for and receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad are then eligible to receive a Critical Need Lan¬guage Award from the Gilman Scholarship Program of $8,000. Critical Need Languages include: Arabic, Chinese, Bahasa Indonesian, Japanese, Turkic, Persian, Indic, Korean, Russian and Swahili.

Special Instructions

It is highly recommended that students wishing to apply for this award contact a study abroad advisor in the Study Abroad office at (305) 284-3434 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) before beginning the application process.

The PAF office will only provide feedback to applicants who request it and who submit their materials a minimum of three weeks in advance of the campus deadline. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Application Timeline

Early October 2017  
Completed application and required documentation for study abroad in spring and summer 2018 must be submitted to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Foundation. Applications can be submitted online at www.iie.org/programs/gilman-scholarship-program.

Early March 2018 
Completed application and required documentation for study abroad in summer 2018 and fall/academic year 2018-2019 must be submitted to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Foundation.

(Note: Summer term applicants may apply for either or both application cycles)