Scholarship Overview

  • Country: United States of America
  • Scholarship Type: Merit-based
  • Institutions: Study or Intern Abroad
  • Funded by: U.S Dept. of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
  • Degree Program: Undergraduate Programs
  • Scholarship Amount: $5,000
  • Separate Application Required?: Yes
  • Deadline: 7 March, 2024
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Scholarship Benefits

  • Close to 3,000 scholarships, each with a maximum value of $5,000, are set to be granted to undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens for their studies or internships abroad. Participants may also be eligible for additional funding through the Critical Need Language Award, which offers up to $3,000, and/or the STEM Supplemental Award, which provides up to $1,000.
  • Included in these expenses are program tuition fees, accommodation and meals, textbooks, daily travel, insurance, flights for international travel, as well as costs for passports and visas.

The Gilman Program seeks to expand the diversity of undergraduates who study and intern internationally, focusing on those who may be deterred by financial limitations. It strives to inspire study and internships across a wide range of countries and global regions. Additionally, the program promotes STEM research during overseas study or international internships. It also supports the study of languages considered critical to national security.


Eligibility for the Gilman Scholarship requires that a candidate must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or national;
  • Maintain good academic standing as an undergraduate at a U.S. accredited higher education institution (inclusive of two-year and four-year colleges);
  • Be a recipient of a Federal Pell Grant at the time of applying or show evidence of receiving a Pell Grant during the study abroad or internship term;
  • Be in the process of applying for, or have an acceptance to, a program abroad or internship that grants academic credit. Confirmation of acceptance must be presented before the scholarship is disbursed;
  • Seek credit-bearing programs abroad in countries or areas that are designated as Level 1 or 2 by the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Advisory System. Note that while a country may have an overall Level 1 or 2 advisory, regions within it might be under advisories Level 3 or 4; Gilman Scholars are not permitted to travel to these regions. Furthermore, Gilman Scholars are not permitted to engage in programs within countries or specific areas of countries under a Level 3 (“Reconsider travel”) or Level 4 (“Do not travel”) advisory.

How to apply

To be benefit from this scholarship, you have to follow the steps below:

Step 1:

Adhere to the student submission deadline.

  • Essays on Community Impact and Statement of Purpose
  •  Academic Transcripts (both unofficial and official are permissible). See an online PDF application for reference.

Step 2:

  • Application must be certified by the Financial Aid Advisors and Study Abroad before the advisor deadline.
  • Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their advisors complete the certification by the specified deadline.
  • Candidates are required to identify and contact the designated offices at their home institution to determine the proper study abroad and financial aid advisors for their application’s certification.
  • Should an advisor not appear in the online application system, applicants should prompt the relevant advisor(s) at their institution to enroll as a Gilman advisor before the deadline of the application. Following their registration, applicants will then be able to choose their institution and advisors within their application.

Uncertified applications will be ineligible for consideration.

Additional Information

Recipients of the award are determined through a competitive selection process and are required to utilize the funds to offset eligible costs associated with their study or internship abroad.

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