The Gilman International Scholarship Program provides funding to provide underserved students with the opportunity to either intern or study abroad. These awards are geared towards low-income students who might not be able to participate without funding, due to financial limitations. Each year, more than 2,700 scholarships ranging from $3,000 to $5,000 will be awarded. Some additional scholarships worth $8,000 are available to students who choose to study one of the critical need languages (Swahili, Korean, Russian, Persian, Turkic, Indic, Indonesian, Japanese, Arabic, or Chinese). The award may be applied to tuition of the program, transportation, books, and health insurance.
In order to be eligible for the award, students must be a Federal Pell Grant recipient during their study abroad semester. Only students who plan to attend a program outside of their country for at least four weeks will be considered. Students can stay longer, but the duration of the program may not exceed one academic year. Furthermore, they must provide proof of application or acceptance to an approved internship or study abroad experience. Lastly, the student must be planning to attend a program in one of the countries that is not listed on the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Warning list. Applicants should be sure to check the list prior to applying, as the list may change. This award is only a one-time award and may not be renewed.
One of the main aims of this program is to increase the diversity of students from the U.S. who study abroad or complete an internship abroad. As such, students from minority backgrounds and those with demonstrated financial need are given priority. Additionally, students who attend diverse colleges and universities, students with disabilities, students studying a STEM major, first generation college students, and those who plan to travel to a non-traditional country are also given preference.
The application for the award is divided into three different cycles, depending on the start date. Programs starting between mid-December to mid-April are considered Spring programs. The application deadline for this award is August 11th. Programs that start between May 1 and August 1st are generally considered under the Summer Programs. Students can apply by August 11th for the Early application or by January 13th under the regular summer application. The third cycle is for Fall and Academic Year programs. These are geared towards programs that begin between July 15-October 15. Applications must be completed by March 1st.
In order to apply for this award, students must complete an online application. During this process, they will be required to provide a copy of their official transcripts. The program encourages students to complete their application at least one week prior to the deadline to allow time to trouble shoot any technical problems. The second part of the application process entails obtaining proof of study abroad offer certification and financial aid verifications. This portion must be completed online by a representative from your school (either a financial aid advisor or a study abroad advisor).