Scholarship for Undergraduate Travel - Benjamin A. Gilman International

CLOSING DATE: October 5, 2021


JOB #: 17801

POSTED: August 26, 2021


The Gilman Scholarship for undergraduate study abroad is now open. Receive up to $5,000. Students studying critical-need languages can receive up to an additional $3,000. Students must be receiving a federal Pell grant as part of their financial aid award and be a U.S. citizen either at the time of application or by the time you go abroad to be eligible. The October deadline is for applicants whose in-person programs start between December 1, 2021 and October 31, 2022. Students participating in programs starting in any of the academic terms listed below are eligible to apply in this application cycle:

  • Winter 2022
  • Spring 2022
  • Summer 2022
  • Fall 2022
  • Academic Year 2022-2023

Virtual programs will be eligible through summer 2022.

Additional Details:


The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Please note the following updates to our current program eligibility, below in bold italics. To be eligible for a Gilman Scholarship, an applicant must be:

  • A citizen of the United States;
  • An undergraduate student in good standing at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States (including both two-year and four-year institutions);
  • Receiving a Federal Pell Grant during the time of application or provide proof that they will be receiving a Pell Grant during the term of their study abroad program or internship;
  • In the process of applying to, or accepted to, a credit-bearing study abroad or internship program, or a virtual international program. Virtual programs and internships will be eligible until Summer 2022. Proof of program acceptance is required prior to award disbursement;
  • Applying for credit-bearing study abroad programs in a country or area with an overall Travel Advisory Level 1 or 2, according to the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Advisory System. However, certain locations within these countries or areas may be designated within the Travel Advisory as either “Do not travel to” (Level 4) or “Reconsider travel to” (Level 3) locations, as such; students will not be allowed to travel to these specific locations.

Please note that if the country where you choose to study abroad is at a Level 3 or 4 due to COVID-19 at the time of application, the Gilman program will still review your application. 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, before the program starts, then the recipient will be required to change their program location.

The U.S. Department of State reserves the right to request program changes for specific countries or areas if deemed necessary during any stage of the application, selection process, or program period. Final awards are contingent upon the availability of funds and the security situation in country. Furthermore, programs in progress may be suspended in consultation with the U.S. Embassy in country during the course of the program.

The Gilman Program, under the direction of the U.S. Department of State, aims to work with students to make scholarship experiences a success. Should a Travel Advisory change to a Level 3 or 4 after the student has been granted the award, the program will coordinate with participants to select a different destination study site that falls within the guidelines provided by the U.S. State Department Travel Advisory system. In determining a grantee’s status, the Gilman Program, under the direction of the U.S. Department of State, is the final decision making authority regarding the continuation of a student’s participation as a grantee of the Gilman Program.

The modification to the travel advisory-related eligibility criteria is a system update that has been incorporated into both the student application and advisor certification portals, in light of COVID-19.

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