Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program


The Fall 2011 application cycle is for programs beginning between July 15 and October 15, 2011. This cycle encompasses Fall semester, quarter, and academic year programs that are a minimum of four weeks in length.

The Summer 2011 application cycle is for programs beginning between May 1 and August 1, 2011, that are a minimum of four weeks in length. If you have any questions regarding your program start dates, please contact the Gilman Scholarship Program at

February 2011 - Online application opens for Fall 2011 and Summer 2011 study abroad programs.

March 1, 2011 - Student deadline for submission of online application.

March 5, 2011 - Postmark deadline for official, university undergraduate transcript/s. All applicants must submit three copies of their official transcript from the institution where they are currently enrolled and their most recently attended transfer institution, if applicable.

March 15, 2011 - Advisor deadline for submission of online Study Abroad Advisor and Financial Aid Advisor section.

March/April 2011 - Complete applications are processed and distributed to selection panels for review.

May/June 2011 - All applicants are notified of the status of their application via e-mail. Study Abroad and Financial Aid advisors will be notified of scholarship recipients via e-mail. Award recipients must accept/decline their award and send in required documentation.


The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Such international study is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.

International experience is critically important in the educational and career development of American students, but it can also require a substantial financial investment. The Gilman Scholarship Program broadens the student population that studies abroad by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints. The program aims to encourage students to choose nontraditional study abroad destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to support students who have been traditionally underrepresented in study abroad, including, but not limited to, students with high financial need, community college students, students in underrepresented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities. The program seeks to assist students from a diverse range of public and private institutions from all fifty states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

Award recipients are chosen by a competitive selection process and must use the award to defray eligible study abroad costs. These costs include program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance, and international airfare.

This congressionally funded program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and is administered by the Institute of International Education through its Southern Regional Center in Houston, Tex.

Award Benefits

Over 2,300 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study abroad. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need, with the average award being approximately $4,000.

Students who apply for and receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad are then eligible to receive an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement from the Gilman Scholarship Program for a total possible award of up to $8,000. During the 2009-2010 academic year, fifty Critical Need Language Supplements were offered to Gilman Scholarship recipients.


The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is open to all U.S. citizen undergraduates, in good academic standing, who meet the criteria listed below:

  • 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 his/her 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 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.
  • The applicant is studying abroad in any country except Cuba or a country on the U.S. Department of State's current Travel Warning list.

Apply To

There are three components to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Application:

  1. Online application
  2. Online certifications from the applicant’s study abroad and financial aid advisor
  3. Three paper copies of the applicant's transcript/s

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

Once you begin your Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship application, you will receive electronic newsletters to assist you with the application process. If you have any questions as you prepare your application, please contact or 713-621-6300 ext. 25.

Contact Information

Institute of International Education
Gilman International Scholarship Program
1800 West Loop South, Suite 250
Houston, TX 77027
Tel: 888.887.5939 x 25 or 713.621.6300 x 25
Fax: 713.621.0876

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