Study Abroad Scholarship

Are you interested in having an international experience? Exploring another culture? Gaining diverse classroom and work experience in another country?

Consider applying for The Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship, which offers grants for undergraduate students to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad.

The program aims to encourage students to choose non-traditional study and intern destinations, especially locations outside of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to support students who have been traditionally under-represented in education abroad, including: students with high financial need, students in underrepresented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds and students with disabilities.

Scholarship amounts vary depending on the length of study and individual need. The average award, however, is approximately $4,000 for fall and spring programs, and $3,000 for summer programs. Awards can be up to $5,000.


  • The Gilman Scholarship is open to all undergraduates who are:
    • U.S. Citizens
    • Receiving a Pell Grant
    • In good academic standing
    • Applying to a study abroad or internship program for which you will receive school credit.
    • Applying to a program that lasts at least four weeks (28 days) in one country. Programs for more than one country are eligible if the student will be in one country for at least four consecutive weeks.
    • Not traveling to a location listed on U.S. Department of State’s current Travel Warning list.

The application process includes:

  • Uploading your official transcript. We recommend that you order a copy from Registrar in advance, so that you have ample time to receive and upload it.
  • A Statement of Purpose Essay, in which you address the impact that your trip abroad will have on your academic, professional and personal goals. You should also discuss the impact that the Gilman Scholarship would have on your achievement of these goals.
  • A Follow-On Service Project Proposal, in which you explain how you will give back by inspiring others to pursue their own experiences abroad. This project can be done on your home campus or in your local community and must be completed within six months of your return to the United States. This proposal is closely reviewed during the selection process.

For Summer 2015 programs, the application deadline is March 3, 2015. In addition, the study abroad or financial aid office must certify your application by March 10, 2015. Both components must be completed by the deadline or your application will not be considered.

We look forward to your applying!


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