Application deadlines: Spring 2015 program:  October 7, 2014, 11:59 CST;
Advisor certification deadline:   Spring 2015: October 14, 2014.


  • U.S. citizen undergraduates who are in good academic standing
  • All applicants must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of their study abroad program.
  • Students must be applying to a study abroad program eligible for undergraduate academic credit at their home university.
  • The applicant must be studying abroad for at least four 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 four consecutive weeks.
  • Applicant may study abroad in any country except Cuba or a country on the U.S. Department of State's current Travel Warning list.  

Award summary and conditions:  The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Such international study is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.  The program aims to encourage students to choose non-traditional study abroad destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to support students who have been traditionally under-represented in study abroad, including but not limited to, students with high financial need, community college students, students in under-represented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities.

Award recipients are chosen by a competitive selection process and must use the award to defray eligible study abroad costs. These costs include program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance and international airfare.

Most applicants are applying for study abroad grants during the academic year but there are a limited number of summer grants available.  The Gilman Scholarship Program offers scholarships for summer programs to students from all majors who meet the program's standard eligibility criteria.  Eligible summer study abroad programs must begin between May 1 and August 1. 

Application process:  electronic. The online application will be available approximately one-and-a-half to two months prior to the application deadline for each cycle.  Applicants should apply in the academic term prior to the start date of your study abroad program. A complete Gilman application consists of:

  • Online student application consisting of basic information plus two essays:  the Statement of Purpose Essay and the Follow-on Service Project Proposal.
  • Essay information can be accessed at:
  • Uploaded official transcript(s) into the application
  • Online Study Abroad Advisor certification
  • Online Financial Aid Advisor certification

The application can be found at:
Faculty representative: Keith Raether
Study Abroad Advisor:  Susan Holme