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Gilman International Scholarship

Provides support for undergraduate students, demonstrating financial need, to study abroad. Occurs twice yearly.


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 and Australia.  The Gilman Scholarship 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, and students with disabilities.


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Selection Criteria

The selection criteria for the Gilman Scholarship Program are based upon the Gilman Scholarship Program goals that may differ from other scholarship programs.  In sum, applications are reviewed in their entirety - no one criterion outweighs another.  Award recipients are selected using the following criteria:

  • Diversity of Applicant;

  • Statement of Purpose Essay;

  • Follow-on Project Proposal Essay;

  • Academic Progress and Performance;

  • Fields of Study;

  • Country of Destination;

  • U.S. Institution and State Distribution;

  • Length of Study;

  • Lack Previous Undergraduate Study Abroad Experience.


The Gilman Scholarship is open to all U.S. citizen undergraduates, in good academic standing, who meet the following criteria:

  • 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 their 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 for at least 4 weeks 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;

  • The applicant is studying abroad in any country except Cuba or a country on the State Department's current Travel Warning list;

  • The applicant is studying in the fall, spring, or academic year terms including winter inter-sessions.  Summer only programs are not eligible. 


Awards of up to $5,000 are made for up to one academic year of undergraduate study abroad.  Award amounts will vary based on student need and length of program with the average award being $4,000.  Gilman funds may only be used to cover eligible study abroad program costs and related expenses.  These include: Program tuition and fees, room and board, books, local transportation, health insurance, and international airfare.


Scholars must study abroad during the fall, spring, or academic year terms.  Summer only programs are not eligible.

For more information:

Gilman International Scholarship



Internal Selection Deadline (LSU)