Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships

Multiple Locations
Term: Academic Year, Spring, Summer, Fall

Provides grants to students of limited financial means for semester, academic year or summer study abroad

PLEASE NOTE: The March 2021 Deadline application will open in mid-January 2021 for applicants whose programs that start between May 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022. This cycle encompasses Summer 2021, Fall 2021, Academic Year 2021-2022, and Spring 2022 programs.

The Gilman Scholarship Program broadens the student population that studies and interns abroad by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints. The program aims to encourage students to study and intern in a diverse array of countries and world regions, as well as the study of languages, especially critical need languages deemed important to national security and diplomacy. It seeks to assist students from a diverse range of public and private institutions from all 50 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico.

The program typically awards over 2,000 individual scholarships and award amounts vary depending on the length of study abroad and student need.


Gilman Scholarships are open to undergraduates in good academic standing at accredited U.S. colleges and universities who are U.S. citizens and who meet the following criteria:

  • They are receiving a federal Pell Grant or can provide proof that they will be receiving a Pell Grant at the time of application of during their term of study abroad;

  • They are applying to or have been accepted into a study abroad program eligible for credit at their home institution;

  • They are studying abroad for at least four consecutive weeks in one country; and

  • They are studying abroad in any country except a country on the U.S. Department of State’s current Travel Warning list.

University certification

Applying for the Gilman Scholarships requires campus certification of each candidate’s study abroad program and financial aid package, a process initiated when applications are submitted online. Connect with an UGE adviser for details.

Upon completing their study abroad, all recipients are required to carry out a service project that promotes international education and the Gilman Scholarship Program at their home institution or in their home community. The applicant’s service project proposal, statement of purpose, and academic progress are all closely considered in the selection process.

2021 Inside U.S. Foreign Policy Summer Series

The USA Study Abroad Branch, part of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and its Benjamin A. Gilman program have opened the registrations for the Inside U.S. Foreign Policy summer series. Please see schedule and registration links for this free series below!

Schedule of Events: Summer 2021

July 14, 11:00am-2:30pm Eastern Time: U.S. Foreign Policy in North Africa and the Middle East

REGISTER NOW at this link

July 29, 11:00am-2:30pm Eastern Time: U.S. Foreign Policy in Sub-Saharan Africa

REGISTER NOW at this link

August 20, 1:00pm-4:30pm Eastern Time: U.S. Foreign Policy in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada

REGISTER NOW at this link

Upcoming Seminars: Fall 2021

September 15: U.S. Foreign Policy in East Asia and the Pacific

October 14: U.S. Foreign Policy in Europe and Eurasia

Please visit the Inside U.S. Foreign Policy webpage for more information:

Watch the recording of the first seminar, How U.S. Foreign Policy is Made, here:

Fact Sheet

Arts and Architecture, Foreign Language Learning, Humanities, Social Sciences, STEM
Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies, Columbia Undergraduates, First Year, Junior, Sophomore, Study Abroad, U.S. Citizen
Fellowship Type:
Study Abroad/Foreign Language, Summer Opportunity
Multiple Locations
Multiple Regions
Academic Year, Spring, Summer, Fall

Dates & Deadlines

Academic Year
Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Deadlines vary by term. Deadline is 11:59pm Pacific Time (PT). Late applications will not be accepted under any circumstance