Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship ImageThe Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for undergraduate students to pursue academic studies abroad. The program aims to support students who have been traditionally under-represented in study abroad, including students with high financial need, students in fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities. The program encourages students to choose non-traditional study abroad destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Gilman Scholarships are funded through the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000 and sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the US Department of State.

Recipients use the award to defray eligible study abroad costs. These costs include program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance and international airfare. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need; the average award is approximately $4,000.


  • Applicants must be US citizens.
  • Applicants must be applying or accepted to a study abroad program eligible for credit by the student's accredited institution of higher education in the US.
  • Applicants must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant during the term of his/her study abroad.
  • Applicants must be 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 application includes:

  • Online application, with a Statement of Purpose essay and a Follow-on Project proposal
  • Certifications from the applicant's study abroad and financial aid advisors
  • Three copies of the applicant's transcript(s)

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.


Applications for Spring 2019 are due in early October.  Applicants will be notified of the status of their application via email in early December.


Arthur D. Casciato, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Distinguished Fellowships
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey