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Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program


 Pace Institutional Deadline: February 20, 2013

Deadline to Apply: March 5, 2013 (for Summer/Fall 2013)

Description: The Gilman International Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. The program aims to support students who have been traditionally under-represented in study abroad.

Dollar Value: Scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being $4,000. Students who apply for and receive the Gilman Scholarship to study abroad are now eligible to receive an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement from the Gilman Program for a total possible award of up to $8,000.

Eligibility: The Gilman Scholarship is open to all US citizen undergraduates, in good academic standing, who meet the following criteria:

  • The applicant 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 their study abroad.
  • The applicant is applying to or has been accepted into a study abroad program eligible for credit by the student's accredited institution of higher education in the U.S.
  • The applicant is studying abroad for at least 4 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 4 weeks.
  • The applicant is studying abroad in any country except Cuba or a country on the State Department's current Travel Warning list.

Application Procedures: There are three components to the Gilman Scholarship Application:

  • Online application
  • Online study abroad advisor certification;
  • Three paper copies of the student's transcript(s).

All three components must be completed by the deadlines for the application to be accepted. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered and extensions cannot be granted.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for the Gilman International Scholarship?

To be eligible for the Gilman International Scholarship students must be U.S.-citizen, undergraduate students who are currently enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education in the U.S. All applicants must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant, or provide proof that they will be receiving a Pell Grant during the term of study abroad, at the time of application. Students must be applying to a study abroad program eligible for undergraduate academic credit at their home university.

 The student has never traveled or studied abroad before. Should they apply?

Yes, a principal objective of the Gilman Scholarship Program is to expand international educational opportunities by encouraging applications from students who have not previously studied abroad for undergraduate academic credit.

What is a Federal Pell Grant?

A Federal Pell Grant is a form of federal financial aid that students apply for via the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If the applicant is unsure if they are receiving a Pell Grant please ask them to contact their financial aid advisor to confirm their aid status. For more information on the Pell Grant and other types of Federal Financial Aid please access the Student Guide to Federal Financial Aid.

What study abroad programs are eligible for the Gilman International Scholarship?

Any study abroad program that is eligible for undergraduate academic credit is eligible for the Gilman International Scholarship. This includes, but is not limited to, university or program provider administered study abroad programs, credit-bearing service-learning programs, academic internship programs, student teaching abroad programs, and programs that combine field or other research, etc.

The student is not participating in a study abroad program but is rather applying for a full-degree program overseas whereby they will receive a degree directly from an international institution. Are they eligible to apply?

No, only U.S. citizens currently enrolled as undergraduate students at a U.S. institution of higher education and participating in a study abroad program of up to one academic year are eligible for the Gilman Program. The Gilman Scholarship does not fund full-degree study overseas.

What is the minimum length of study required to be eligible to apply for the Gilman Scholarship? Are short-term programs eligible? To be eligible for the Gilman Scholarship Program, programs must fall within the eligible start date range for each application cycle and be a minimum of four weeks in length. Short-term study abroad programs that are at least four weeks long are eligible so long as they fall within the academic year. Generally this means winter intersession or January term programs and students attending these programs would apply during the Spring application cycle. In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Gilman Scholarship, a limited number of scholarships for summer programs will be available to students from all majors who meet the program's standard eligibility criteria.

Are multi-country programs eligible?

Yes, multi-country programs are eligible so long as students will spend a minimum of four weeks in one country. Within the application students should list the country they will spend the majority of their time abroad in and then within their essay they can share further information on the structure and location of their program abroad.

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