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 non-traditional 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 under-represented in study abroad, including but not limited to, students with high financial need, community college students, students in under-represented 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.
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, TX.
Over 1,700 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 the2009-2010 academic year, 50 Critical Need Language Supplements were offered to Gilman Scholarship recipients.
Critical Need Languages Include:
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program aims to broaden the student population that studies abroad by supporting undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints.
The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to support a diverse range of students who have been traditionally under-represented in study abroad, including but not limited to:
The program strongly encourages students to choose non-traditional study abroad destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The program strongly encourages students from community colleges to apply. The program encourages students to study abroad for longer periods of time though short-term programs of at least four weeks in length are eligible. The program also seeks to serve students from all 50 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico. The program aims to encourage students in non-traditional fields of study such as the sciences and engineering, to study abroad though all disciplines are eligible.
The program seeks to assist students from a diverse range of colleges and universities including, but not limited to: two and four-year public and private colleges, Tribal Colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions and other Minority-Serving Institutions from all 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico. The program aims to open doors for students who have not previously studied abroad for undergraduate academic credit.
All recipients are required to carry out a Follow-on Project that promotes international education and the Gilman Scholarship Program at the students’ home institution or in their home community. The Follow-on Project Proposal, Statement of Purpose essay and the applicant’s academic progress are criteria that are closely considered during the selection process.
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.
The Summer/Fall 2013 Application will become available online in mid-January 2013 and the deadline is March 5, 2013. The Spring 2014 Application will become available online in late August 2013 and will have an October deadline.
CUNY Baccalaureate students may apply for the Gilman Scholarship through their home college.
*Please note that if there is no Gilman option at your home college you may apply using CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies as your home institution. If you choose to do this, a CUNY Baccalaureate advisor will be your certifying study abroad advisor but you will be responsible for obtaining a financial aid certification form from Gilman and having it certified by the financial aid office at your home college. You will not be able to click submit in the online application so this is a process reserved for rare circumstances. In order to ensure that your application is certified in a timely manner, we ask that you submit it no later than two weeks prior to the official deadline. For questions, please contact Kate McPherson.
Please read all of the official information available on the Gilman website: http://www.iie.org/en/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program
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