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

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 of up to $5,000. Award amounts vary depending on the length of study abroad and student need, with the average award being approximately $4,000.


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 OGP 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.

Fact Sheet

Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies, Columbia Undergraduates, First Year, Junior, Sophomore, 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, October 1, 2019
Admissions Decision Date: 
Program Dates: 
Deadlines vary by term. Deadline applies to programs that start between December 2019 and October 2020.