The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is now accepting applications for Summer 2019 and Fall 2019/Academic Year 2019-2020 awards! The Gilman Program provides scholarships to U.S. undergraduate students of limited financial means to study and intern abroad, including students from diverse backgrounds, academic fields, institution types, and those going to non-traditional destinations. Applicants who are studying a critical need language <https://www.gilmanscholarship.org/program/program-overview/> while abroad can apply for a supplemental award. Below is an overview of program eligibility and additional details:
* U.S. citizen or national
* Undergraduate student
* Federal Pell Grant Recipient
* Study or intern abroad for at least two weeks (community colleges) or three weeks (four-year institutions) on a program eligible for academic credit
* Must study in a country with an overall Travel Advisory Level 1 or 2 (according to the Department of State’s Travel Advisory System, www.travel.state.gov <http://www.travel.state.gov> ). Within qualifying countries, travel to specific areas designated with Travel Advisory Levels 3 or 4 will be prohibited.
* Approximately 3,000 scholarships awarded each year of up to $5,000
* Funds can be put towards program costs, such as tuition, fees, room/board, meals, transportation, and visa costs.
* Applicants studying a critical need language can apply for a supplemental award of up to $3,000, for a combined total of up to $8,000.
* Award amounts vary depending on length of study and student need.
* Students can apply the scholarship toward a fall, spring, summer or academic year term program.
* Application for upcoming summer, fall, and academic year programs is NOW OPEN. Deadline is March 5th at 11:59pm Central Time.
* Spring and early summer applications accepted Aug. – Oct.
In academic year 2017-2018, 504 outstanding students from Land Grant Universities were awarded Gilman Scholarships. One such student was Simone Frazer from the University of Maryland College Park.
When describing the impact of her experience she remarked, “Being a first generation college student and a military veteran I could not have imagined that I would embark on such a mind-opening journey through studying abroad. While studying in the classroom at the University of Cape Town, my classmates and I had the opportunity to learn Afrikaans and Xhosa, which are two of the local languages in South Africa. Although the focus of my study abroad curriculum was on sustainability and development, our instructors thought it was important to understand the origins of the languages that were spoken by the diverse citizens of South Africa.”
To learn more about other U.S. Department of State exchange opportunities, such as the Critical Language Scholarship Program (CLS), please visit: https://studyabroad.state.gov/videos/critical-language-scholarship-overview <https://studyabroad.state.gov/videos/critical-language-scholarship-overview> .