Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers a competition for awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, this congressionally funded program is administered by the Institute of International Education.

Students with high financial need, students interested in studying in countries outside of Western Europe & Australia, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disablities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Eligible students:

  • Must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of their study abroad.
  • Must be applying to or have been accepted into a study abroad program eligible for credit by the student's accredited institution of higher education in the U.S.
  • Must be planning to study abroad for at least 4 weeks (28 days) in one country.  Programs going to more than one country are eligible if the student will be studying in one country for at least 4 weeks.
  • Must be studying abroad in any country except Cuba or a country on the State Department's current Travel Warning list.
  • Must be studying in the fall or spring semester. Summer programs are not eligible.

Click here for an overview of the program and its awards.

Click here for the online application. Contact Lena Johnson, Director of International Programs at ljohnson@vwc.edu, for assistance with the Gilman application process.

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