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Gilman Scholarship

Important Dates

Campus Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Application Materials


Open to: 
Eligibility requirements: 
  • Be receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that will be receiving a Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of study abroad.
  • Applying to or been accepted into a study abroad program or internship or virtual international program eligible for credit by Stanford University.
  • Will be studying or interning abroad for at least 3 weeks in one country. Proof of program acceptance is required prior to award disbursement.
  • Will be studying or interning abroad in any country except Cuba or a country on the U.S. State Department's current Travel Warning list. Note: Programs in Mexico will only be funded in Mexican states where no advisory is in effect according to the U.S. Department of State Travel Warning list.
    • The U.S. Department of State has a Travel Advisory that lists the levels for each country of the world. Students are eligible to apply for programs in countries that have Level 1 and Level 2 Travel Advisories. For more information about the revised travel policy, please go to the USA Study Abroad website or
  • Required to carry out a follow-on service project that promotes international education and the Gilman Scholarship at home institution or in community.

Travel Advisory Level: COVID-19

Please note that if the country where you choose to study abroad in 2021 is at a level 3 or 4 only due to COVID-19 at the time of application, the Gilman program will still consider that eligible. In the event that an applicant is selected for the Gilman scholarship and if the destination country is still at a level 3 or 4, even if only due to COVID-19, by the time the program starts, then the recipient will be required to change their program location.


Application Process: 


The Gilman Scholarship has a campus process. Therefore, you need to be aware of two deadlines: a campus deadline and a national deadline. The campus deadline is early March for summer/fall/academic year programs and early October for winter/spring programs and the national deadlines fall about 1 week after the campus deadlines. Applications must be submitted online by the campus deadline and do require online certifications from a study abroad advisor and a financial aid advisor. The application process is lengthy and requires many months of preparation.

Critical Need Language Award for Gilman Recipients: Applicants who are studying a critical need language while abroad in a country in which the language is predominantly spoken can apply for a supplemental award of up to $3,000, for a combined total of $8,000. These are competitive and limited in number. To be considered for the Critical Need Language Award, a brief additional essay is required and can be submitted in the same Gilman application.

Gilman-McCain Scholarship (NEW)

The Gilman-McCain Scholarship provides awards of $5,000 for child dependents of active duty service members who receive any type of Title IV federal financial aid to study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs.

Should I Apply?

Important information, which can help you determine if the Gilman Scholarship is right for you, can be found here:

Additional information on the Gilman Scholarship, including application criteria, can be found at:

Additional Information


How the ORC can help?

After reading this website and the official Gilman website you should attend an information session. Info sessions can be found at

Amount Awarded: 
Number Awarded: 
2,900+ per year

About the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad or credit bearing career-oriented internships abroad.

The program encourages students to choose non-traditional study and intern abroad destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand and aims to support students who have been traditionally under-represented in study abroad (i.e. students with high financial need, students in under-represented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities). 

Over 3,000 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded annually. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being $4,000 for fall and spring programs and $3,000 for summer programs. Students propose a follow-on service project to promote study abroad and the Gilman scholarship after their program.

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