About the ProgramThe U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program enables students of limited financial means (Pell Grant Recipient or Pell Eligible) to study or intern abroad, providing them with skills critical to our national security and economic prosperity. The Institute of International Education has administered the program since its inception in 2001.
Program Overview Video
Congressman Benjamin A. GilmanThis is a congressionally funded program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and named after the late congressman Benjamin A. Gilman from New York. With his support, the program was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. Shortly thereafter in 2002, Congressman Gilman retired after serving in the House of Representatives for 30 years and chairing the House Foreign Relations Committee.
“Study abroad is a special experience for every student who participates. Living and learning in a vastly different environment of another nation not only exposes our students to alternate views, but also adds an enriching social and cultural experience. It also provides our students with the opportunity to return home with a deeper understanding of their place in the world, encouraging them to be a contributor, rather than a spectator in the international community.”
- Benjamin A. Gilman
Award BenefitsOver 3,600 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study or intern abroad.
The Gilman Scholar NetworkThe Gilman Scholar Network is the official site for Gilman Scholars and Alumni to connect with one another via a secure and private platform. Recipients of the Gilman Scholarship can search for other Gilman Scholars and Alumni by categories such as location, college/university, country of study/intern abroad, and career industry.
Gilman Scholars and Alumni can request mentorship from more experienced Gilman alumni or offer mentorship to younger alumni or new scholars. The Gilman Scholar Network also gives Gilman Scholars and Alumni access to exclusive job postings, Gilman event announcements, and official Gilman event photos.
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Resources:Gilman Scholarship Website
Online Application Walkthrough
Composing Competitive Essays
Follow-On Service Project Overview
Gilman Scholars Hub
For essay review, students should complete a first draft and have it reviewed by the UCF Writing Center, prior to scheduling an appointment with UCF Abroad Staff.
To schedule an appointment, please fill out this form.
Gilman Scholarship Advisors
- Oliver McSurley
- James Ehmer
- Kristen O’Brien