Gilman International Scholarship Information

Our office holds information sessions each semester.  

Information Session dates and times for Fall 2021:

  • September 7, 12:30 (SAC 117)
  • September 10, 10 AM (virtual)
  • September 13, 3 PM (virtual)
  • September 14, 12:30 (SAC 117)
  • September 17, 10 AM  (virtual)
  • September 20, 3 PM (virtual)
  • September 21, 12:30 (SAC 117)
  • September 24, 10 AM (virtual)
  • September 27, 3 PM (virtual)

All sessions are virtual held over MS Teams. to RSVP.

General Information 

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program  is a US Department of State (DOS) scholarship that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad. The DOS awards over 3,600 students nation-wide up to $5,000. 

  Eligible students are: 

  • US citizens 
  • Undergraduate students in good standing 
  • Pell Grant eligible 

 Eligible programs are: 

  • Pre-approved UofL programs
  • A minimum of three weeks long 
  • Credit-bearing 
  • In a location with a DOS Travel Advisory Level 1 or 2 (Currently, the Gilman will consider applications in destinations that are a higher level due to COVID only. For more information on travel advisories, check out our video series hereor .) 


Application deadlines are every October and March for study abroad programs that begin in the year following the deadline. 

 For the current cycle, applications will open in mid-August with a deadline of October 5, 2021. Eligible study abroad programs start between December 1, 2021 and October 31, 2021 (i.e. programs will take place Spring 2022, Summer 2022, Fall 2022, or Academic Year 2022-2023.) 

How to Apply 

 Here’s our suggested step-by-step: 

  1.  Attend Gilman Information Session 
  2.  to set up a meeting to find a program that fits your needs 
  3. Once you have a program picked out, meet with a study abroad advisor to receive UofL paperwork and a budget 
  4. Get your budget approved by financial aid 
  5. Work on your Gilman application, including drafting your essays 
  6. Workshop your essays with us (email )
  7. Finalize essays 
  8. Submit your application 

Program Providers With Additional Gilman or Pell grant Awards 

A Program Provider is an educational organization that partners with US institutions and universities or programs overseas. Click here for a list of providers UofL is partnered with.  

Gilman Applicant Awards  

You are eligible for these awards if you apply for a Gilman. 

  • CIEE Gilman Scholarship Applicant Scholarship (up to $2500). Search CIEE programs 
  • CIS Abroad Gilman Applicant Grant (up to $750 towards your flights), Search CIS programs 

Gilman Recipient Awards  

You are eligible for these awards if you receive a Gilman. 

  • AIFS Gilman Recipient Match ($500 for semester, $250 for summer). Search AIFS programs 
  • API Gilman Scholarship Recipient Match (up to $1000 for semester, $500 for internship). Search API programs 
  • Arcadia Gilman Scholarship Recipient Match ($1000 for semester, $500 for summer). Search Arcadia programs
  • SRAS Challenge Grant ($300-$750). Search SRAS programs

 Pell Grant Awards  

You are eligible for these awards if you receive a Pell Grant.