The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is open to all U.S. citizen undergraduates, in good academic standing.
The international scholarship program aims to encourage students to choose non-traditional study and intern destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship aims to support students who have been traditionally under-represented in education 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 50 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico.
|Study in: outside of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
Host Institution: varies
|Course Level: undergraduate
Course Starts: September 2014
CLOSING DATE: March 4, 2014 and October 7, 2014
The Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship dedicated to U.S. citizen undergraduates who want to study abroad and who have been traditionally under-represented in education abroad, including but not limited to:
- Students with diverse ethnic backgrounds
- Students with high financial need
- Students with disabilities
- Students studying in non-traditional countries, especially those outside of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand
- Students from a diverse range of institutions including four-year, public, private, community colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges, Hispanic Serving Institutions and other Minority Serving Institutions.
Number of Awards:
Over 2,300 scholarships for undergraduate students of U.S.
- The candidates must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that they will be receiving a Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of their study abroad program or internship.
- The candidates are applying to or have been accepted into a study abroad program or internship eligible for credit by the student’s accredited institution of higher education in the U.S.
- The candidate is studying or interning abroad for at least four weeks in one country. Programs going to more than one country are eligible if the student will be in one country for at least four consecutive weeks.
- The candidate is studying or interning abroad in any country except Cuba or a country on the U.S. Department of State’s current Travel Warning list.
- Gilman Scholarship awardees 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 as listed above.
What does it cover:
Up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and recipient’s need (program tuition, room and board, books, local tranportation, insurance and international airfare) with the average award being approximately $4,000.
Undergraduate students who apply for and receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad are then eligible to receive a Critical Need Language Award from the Gilman Scholarship Program of $8,000. Candidates who are studying a critical need language while abroad in a country in which the language is predominantly spoken will automatically be considered for the Critical Need Language Award. During the 2011-2012 academic year, 50 Critical Need Language Awards were offered to Gilman Scholarship awardees.
How to apply:
There are two components to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Application:
- Online application which includes uploading undergraduate official transcripts:
- One copy of applicant’s official undergraduate transcript from his/her current college or university.
- One copy of applicant’s undergraduate transcripts (either official or unofficial) from any previous institution he/she has attended listed in his/her application.
- Online certifications from the applicant’s study abroad and financial aid advisor.
Applicants should submit two essays as part of this international scholarship: (1) the Statement of Purpose Essay and (2) the Follow-on Service Project Proposal.
The application form and details required can be found at the link below.
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