Fellowships & Scholarships
Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship
  • Northeastern: 08/01/2024
  • Fellowship: 08/01/2024

If you meet the eligibility criteria and are interested in applying for this fellowship, please fill out a preliminary questionnaire. You may contact the office with any questions.

Award Details

Award Website

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Such international study is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.

International experience is critically important in the educational and career development of American students, but it can also require a substantial financial investment. The Gilman Scholarship Program broadens the student population that studies abroad by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints. The program aims to encourage students to choose non-traditional study-abroad destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to support students who have been traditionally under-represented in study abroad, including but not limited to:

  • Students with high financial need
  • Community college students
  • Students in under-represented fields such as the sciences and engineering
  • Students with diverse ethnic backgrounds
  • Students with disabilities

The program seeks to assist students from a diverse range of public and private institutions from all 50 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico. There are a number of award cycles.

Award recipients are chosen by a competitive selection process and must use the award to defray eligible study abroad costs. These costs include program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance and international airfare.

This congressionally funded program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and is administered by the Institute of International Education through its Southern Regional Center in Houston, TX.

Abroad Award
Needs Institutional Endorsement
Financial Need
US Citizenship Required

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is open to all U.S. citizen undergraduates, in good academic standing, who meet the criteria listed below:

  • The applicant 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 his/her study abroad.
  • The applicant is applying to or has been accepted into a study abroad program eligible for credit by the student’s accredited institution of higher education in the U.S.
  • The applicant is studying abroad in any country except Cuba or a country on the U.S. Department of State’s current Travel Warning list.

If you are unsure about your eligibility status, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions.

The U.S. Department of State’s goal for the Gilman Program is to broaden the student population that studies and interns abroad by supporting American undergraduate students who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. The international experiences gained through participation in the program enable tomorrow’s leaders to thrive in the global economy and contribute to our nation’s prosperity.

Over 2,300 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study abroad. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being approximately $4,000.

Students who apply for and receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad are then eligible to receive an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement from the Gilman Scholarship Program for a total possible award of up to $8,000.

  • Arabic
  • Azerbaijani
  • Bahasa Indonesian
  • Bangla
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Persian
  • Portuguese
  • Punjabi
  • Russian
  • Swahili
  • Turkish
  • Urdu
  •  You may also use the Critical Need Language Award to study a foreign sign language. Apply for the target language (for instance, Japanese) and explain in your application that you will be studying reading, writing, speaking, and/or Japanese sign language.

As you put your application together, there are three offices that can assist you:

  • GEO, which can help you identify an appropriate study abroad program
  • Student Financial Services, which can certify financial aid information as it relates to the study abroad program
  • our Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, which is here to help you write and craft the strong possible application and which will certify your applications.

Please list Dr. Jonna Iacono, the director of URF, as the Certifying Study Abroad advisor for your application. URF coordinates with GEO and Student Financial Services to see that the applications of Northeastern students, once complete, move forward in the process.

Interested? Have Questions?

If you meet the eligibility criteria and are interested in a fellowship or opportunity, please fill out a preliminary questionnaire. Contact the office with any questions: