Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship the Program enables United States of America undergraduate students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad  providing them with skills critical to U.S.A national security and economic prosperity. They will achieve proficiency in various languages and cultures, skills that are critically important to their academic and career development. Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship program aims to encourage students to study and intern in a diverse array of countries or areas and world regions. The program also encourages students to study languages, especially critical need languages. See also Illinois Wesleyan University Financial Aid for International Students



About Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Benjamin A.Gilman International Scholarship takes place at universities and organization outside U.S, level and field of study includes study abroad and internship programs, with over 3600 number of scholarship to be awarded and it’s targeted at U.S. citizens of limited financial means to study or intern abroad

Scholarship Value and Benefit

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship amounts range from US$100 to US$5000 (with the opportunity to receive a Critical Need Language Award of up to US$8000). Scholars are chosen through a competitive selection process and must use the award to pay eligible study or intern abroad costs. These costs include tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance, international airfare, passport and visa fees. A Gilman Scholar’s final award amount will be determined by financial need, program length, overall program costs and the strength of the application. See also The American Association of University Women Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship recipients can only receive the scholarship once. If a student previously declined the Gilman Scholarship, they are welcome to re-apply, as long as they still meet all eligibility requirements ie,

  • 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 2-year and 4-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 for, a study abroad or internship program of at least 2 weeks for community college students and 3 weeks for students from 4-year institutions, eligible for credit from the student’s home institution. Multi-country, multi-area, and multi-city programs are eligible and there is no minimum requirement on length of time spent in 1 country, city, or area. The entirety of the program abroad must be at least 2 weeks (14 days) for community college students and 3 weeks (21 days) for students from 4-year institutions. There are no maximum or minimum number of countries, cities, or, areas. 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. But 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. Moreover, students are not eligible to apply for programs in a country or area with an overall Level 3 or 4 Travel Advisory.

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 the country. Furthermore, programs in progress may be suspended at the request of the U.S. Embassy in country should security situation deteriorate during the course of the program. 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. See also Women in Leadership Scholarship 2020/2021 At University of Surrey

Application Procedure

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Benjamin A.Gilman International Scholarship Students can study and intern abroad during the spring, summer, fall, winter, or academic year term. Applicants must also submit a Community Impact Essay when applying.

The October 2020 deadline application will open for applicants whose programs start between 1 December 2020, to 31 October 2021, in mid-August 2020. This cycle encompasses Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Summer 2021, Fall 2021, and AY 2021-2022 programs. Benjamin A.Gilman International Scholarship.

The March 2020 deadline application is closed for applicants whose programs that start between 1 May 2020 to 30 April 2021. This cycle encompasses Summer 2020, Fall 2020, AY 2020-2021, Winter 2021, and Spring 2021 programs.

It is important to visit the official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.


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