The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for US citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means 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 those outside of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to support students who have been traditionally underrepresented in education abroad, including but not limited to, students with high financial need, community college students, students in underrepresented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities.
More than 2,300 scholarships are awarded each year. Students who apply for and receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad are then eligible to receive a Critical Need Language Award from the Gilman Scholarship Program of $8,000. Approximately 50 Critical Need Language Awards are offered each year.
Critical Need Languages include:
- Arabic (all dialects)
- Chinese (all dialects)
- Bahasa Indonesia
- Turkic (Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Kyrgz, Turkish, Turkmen, Uzbek)
- Persian (Farsi, Dari, Kurdish, Pashto, Tajik)
- Indic (Hindi, Urdu, Nepali, Sinhala, Bengali, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati, Sindhi)
Applicants must be:
- a US citizen
- receiving a Federal Pell Grant
- studying or interning abroad for at least four weeks in one country and no more than one academic year
- studying or interning abroad in any country except Cuba or a country on the US Department of State’s current Travel Warning list
Up to $5,000. The average award is $4,000.
Varies by timing of program abroad. Spring programs: early October. Summer programs: early March. Fall and academic year programs: early March. See website.