Gilman Scholarship Application Now Open

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is pleased to announce that the application for Gilman and Gilman-McCain Scholarships is now open! As U.S. Secretary of State Blinken and U.S. Secretary of Education Cardona recently conveyed in the new Joint Statement of Principles for International Education, we believe it is more important than ever that all Americans be equipped with global and cultural competencies to navigate the ever-changing landscapes of education, international business, scientific discovery and innovation, and the global economy.

In line with the goals articulated in the joint statement, we are pleased to share two Gilman Program policy updates to make study abroad accessible to more American undergraduate students representing the talent and diversity of the United States.

Elimination of Program Length Requirement  The Gilman Program will eliminate the minimum program length requirement as part of its eligibility criteria.  This change will apply for all upcoming applicants and those students with pending program changes, thereby allowing eligible undergraduates at both four-year institutions and community colleges to take part in all credit-bearing study abroad and international internship programs approved by their home institutions, beginning immediately. This change will apply for all upcoming applicants and those students with pending program changes.

Virtual Eligibility 
For the upcoming October 2021 deadline application cycle, in response to the ongoing pandemic, the Gilman Program will continue accepting applicants who plan to participate in virtual programs or internships through Summer 2022.

Gilman Program Overview  The Gilman Program offers scholarships of up to $5,000 to U.S. undergraduate students of high financial need participating in credit-bearing abroad programs whose in-person programs or internships start between December 1, 2021, and October 31, 2022. Virtual programs will be eligible through Summer 2022. Students studying critical need languages may be eligible to receive an additional award of up to $3,000. For more information, please visit:

The application deadline is Tuesday, October 5, 2021, by 11:59pm Pacific Time.

  • Advisors must certify applications by Tuesday, October 12, 2021.
  • Students and Advisors will be notified of award status by December 2021.

As part of the Gilman Program, the following scholarships are also available:

Gilman-McCain Scholarship

The Gilman-McCain Scholarship provides awards of $5,000 for child dependents of active duty service members who receive any type of Title IV federal financial aid to study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs.

Global Partnership Scholarships, supported by:

Education New Zealand, the Embassy of France to the United States, the Embassy of Israel to the United States, the Luso-American Development Foundation, and Global Wales. 

Please email with any questions.

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and is supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education (IIE). If you have questions or concerns about any of the U.S. Department of State's study abroad programs, please email

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