The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship provides awards for undergraduate students to pursue academic study or credit-bearing internships abroad, with the goal of better preparing students to "assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world." The program encourages students to choose destinations outside of Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.
Scholarships of up to $5,000 are awarded. Amounts vary depending on student need and length of study, but the average award is approximately $4,000.
be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national
be receiving a Federal Pell Grant
be accepted into a study abroad program or internship eligible for credit (in any country except for Cuba or those on the Department of State's current Travel Warning list)
study or intern abroad for at least four weeks in one country
Students who receive the award are also elibigle for a Critical Need Language Award of $8,000. Applicants who are studying a "critical language" will automatically be considered for this additional award. Critical language needs include the following: Arabic, Chinese, Bahasa Indonesia, Japenese, Turkic (Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Kyrgz, Turkish, Turkmen, Uzbek), Persian (Farsi, Dari, Kurdish, Pashto, Tajiki), Indic (Hindi, Urdu, Nepali, Sinhala, Bengali, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati, Sindhi), Korean, Russian, and Swahili.