The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness.
The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
To be eligible for a Gilman Scholarship, an applicant must:
- Be a citizen of the United States
- Be an undergraduate student in good standing
- Be receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that they will be receiving a Pell Grant during the term of their study abroad program or internship
- Be in the process of applying to, or accepted for, a study abroad or internship program of at least three weeks, in a single country and eligible for credit from UNCP. Proof of program acceptance is required prior to award disbursement.
- Students are eligible to apply for credit-bearing study abroad programs in a country with an overall Travel Advisory Level 1 or 2, according to the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Advisory System. Certain areas within these countries may be designated within the Travel Advisory as either “Do not travel to” (Level 4) or “Reconsider travel to” (Level 3) locations, as such; students will not be allowed to travel to these areas. Students are not eligible to apply for programs in a country with an overall Level 3 or 4 Travel Advisory.
- Application Overview
- Click on the above link, then contact your local Rotary to complete your nomination:
A variety of organizations and institutions provide scholarships and grants for study abroad. Many provide assistance that is targeted to specific student populations (underrepresented student groups; African Americans; Asian Americans; Latino/Latina Americans; Native Americans; students with disabilities; gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender students).
The following list is a sampling of websites with information and resources on multiple scholarships and grants. These websites provide a good starting point for research on the many study abroad scholarship opportunities available.
Note: This list is not exhaustive and is meant to provide a starting point for your research. No endorsement is intended or is to be inferred.
SITES WITH SEARCHABLE DATABASES
- SPIN: Search engine for faculty and staff to locate funding opportunities across all disciplines including federal state, and foundation sources
- Black Excel: One of the largest scholarship and resource databases for African American students
- College Board general scholarship search engine: Free online scholarship database
- Diversity Abroad Scholarships & Grants: Free database of scholarships that target minority, low-income and first-generation students
- FastWeb: Free online scholarship database
- IIEPassport Study Abroad Funding: Free online database of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, and grants
- Scholarships.com: Free college scholarship search and financial aid information resource
- Students.gov: U.S. government-sponsored scholarships and grants
- Selfscore.com: $5,000 scholarship for International Students only
- Arcadia University: Scholarships for non–Arcadia University students and non–Arcadia University program participants
- University of Kansas Database of Scholarships: National and international scholarships for study abroad, starting on p.7 of the handbook
- University of Minnesota-Learning Abroad Center - External Scholarships Database: Searchable resource of funding and scholarship opportunities
- https://scottscheapflights.com/scholarship/ ($1,000 scholarship)