Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship program offers study abroad scholarships to U.S. undergraduate students who are currently receiving a Pell Grant as part of their tuition package. This federally-sponsored scholarship provides up to $5,000* for a semester or academic year and is available only to U.S. citizens and nationals. Scholarships are available for fall, spring and summer terms.
The Office of Global Programs hosts info sessions and advising hours throughout the semester. For more details, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Applicants who are studying a critical need language while abroad can apply for a supplemental award of up to $3,000, for a combined total of $8,000. See here for more details.
Who is Eligible?
To be eligible for the Gilman Scholarship you must be:
- A U.S. Citizen
- A Federal Pell Grant recipient
- Applying to or have been accepted into a study abroad program for which you will receive credit
- Participating in a program that lasts for at least three weeks (21 days) in one country and no more than one academic year.
- Studying or interning abroad in any country except those on the U.S. Department of State's current Travel Warning list
Note: Gilman Scholarship recipients can only receive the scholarship once. If a student previously declined the Gilman Scholarship, they are welcome to re-apply, as long as they still meet all eligibility requirements as listed above.
When Do I Apply?
Students can study and intern abroad during the spring, summer, fall or academic year term. Refer to each term for specific dates on the deadlines and timelines for the application cycle. It is important that students apply for the correct scholarship term according to their program dates in order to be considered for the Gilman Scholarship.
- View Deadlines & Timeline
What's the Application Process Like?
To prepare a successful application to the Gilman Scholarship, follow these steps:
- Attend an in-person Info Session and/or review the content online (see Application Guides below).
- Complete the online application, which includes three essays and uploading your official transcript(s).
- Complete an Authorization Form giving your NYU Gilman Advisors permission to certify your application.
- Finally, your NYU Financial Aid and Study Abroad Advisors will certify that the information in your online application is accurate.
» To RSVP for an in-person session click here.
Both the online application (and all its components) and the authorization form must be completed by the deadlines in order for your application to be accepted. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered and extensions cannot be granted.
Still have questions? Make an appointment to meet with a Gilman Advisor.
Application Guides and Contact Info
> Gilman Overview: Understanding the Application
For information on who to list on your application as your NYU Financial Aid and Study Abroad Advisors, please view the presentation above, Gilman Overview: Understanding the Application.
» To RSVP for an in-person Info Session click here.
Who should I list to certify my application?
Study Abroad Advisors will be asked to verify that you have applied to a credit-eligible study abroad program and confirm your study abroad program information. The Financial Aid Advisor will be asked to verify whether you are currently receiving a Federal Pell Grant and the estimated amount of financial aid, excluding loans, you can apply to your program.
List your advisors as:
Last Names A-H:
Study Abroad Advisor Melissa Ceballos, Office of Global Programs, email@example.com
Financial Aid Advisor Michelle Newton, Office of Financial Aid, firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Names I-P:
Study Abroad Advisor TBD, Office of Global Programs
Financial Aid Advisor TBD, Office of Financial Aid
Last Names Q-Z:
Study Abroad Advisor Nyoka Joseph, Office of Global Programs,
Financial Aid Advisor Quintin Sipp, Office of Financial Aid,
The Gilman-McCain Scholarship is similar in almost every way to the Gilman Scholarship. You apply in the same portal, and most of the supporting documentation you need is exactly the same. The deadlines are also the exact same. The difference lies in the eligibility requirements, which are listed below. The Gilman-McCain Scholarship awards $5,000 for the costs of study away.
- A citizen of the United States;
- An undergraduate student in good standing at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States (including both two-year and four-year institutions);
- Dependent child of an active duty military member(s) during the time of application in one of the following branches: Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Coast Guard;
- Recipient of any type of Title IV federal financial aid;
- Applying for credit-bearing study abroad programs in a country or area with an overall Travel Advisory Level 1 or 2, according to the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Advisory System. However, certain locations within these countries or areas may be designated within the Travel Advisory as either “Do not travel to” (Level 4) or “Reconsider travel to” (Level 3) locations, as such; students will not be allowed to travel to these specific locations. Moreover, students are not eligible to apply for programs in a country or area with an overall Level 3 or 4 Travel Advisory.