Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

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The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program provides scholarships to U.S. undergraduates with financial need for study abroad, including students from diverse backgrounds and students going to non-traditional study abroad destinations. Established under the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000, Gilman Scholarships provide up to $5,000 for American students to pursue overseas study for college credit.

Critical Need Languages

Students studying critical need languages are eligible for up to $3,000 in additional funding as part of the Gilman Critical Need Language Supplement program. Those critical need languages include:

  • Arabic (all dialects);
  • Chinese (all dialects);
  • Bahasa Indonesia
  • Japanese
  • Turkic (Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Kyrgz, Turkish, Turkmen, Uzbek);
  • Persian (Farsi, Dari, Kurdish, Pashto, Tajiki);
  • Indic (Hindi, Urdu, Nepali, Sinhala, Bengali, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati, Sindhi);
  • Korean
  • Russian
  • Swahili

Consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for further details.

Program Length

1 Month to 1 Year

Eligibility and Application Overview

Public applications are accepted.

The scholarship program is open to all U.S. citizen undergraduates, in good academic standing who have received a Federal Pell Grant and meet the following criteria.

Eligble Applicants Must Be:

  • Receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of his/her study abroad.
  • Applying to or have been accepted into a study abroad program eligible for credit by the student's accredited institution of higher education in the United States
  • 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
  • Studying abroad in any country except Cuba or a country on the U.S. Department of State's current Travel Warning List

For full eligibility details, an application form, and further information, please check the IIE website.


Applications are Closed.

Apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship through Institute of International Education (IIE). Complete the online application by visiting the IIE website. IIE provides answers to Common Application Questions on their website.


Contact Information
Gilman Scholarship Program
Institute of International Education
1800 West Loop South, Suite 250
Houston, TX 77027

Contact email and phone number varies by participant status and last name.

Applicant and Recipient Inquiries:
A - D
Phone: 832.369.3477 

Phone: 832.369.3484 

Phone: 832.369.3475

Phone: 832.369.3485

For Gilman Alumni and Scholars Currently Abroad:
Phone: 832.369.3496

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