Scholarships & Fee Reductions

Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarships

General Scholarship Information

The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for US undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

On-Campus Resources

Gilman/Freeman-ASIA Scholarship: General Info Session

Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Humphrey Center Room 289

This session covers eligibility requirements, the application process, tips for applying, and additional resources. Registration is not required. Contact Thuy Doan, 612.626.8686, with questions.

Scholarship Essay Writing Workshop

Friday, February 22, 2019, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Blegen Hall Room 425

This scholarship essay writing workshop will help you learn how to craft high-quality Freeman-ASIA and Gilman Scholarship essays. Email a draft of an essay in advance by February 20 to and bring a draft to the session for individual feedback.

Future Sessions & Workshops

Gilman/Freeman-ASIA Scholarship info sessions and workshops are offered every semester. See News & Events for upcoming dates.

Fall semester info session and workshop will be offered in mid-September 2019. 

Gilman Scholarships Checklist

Review the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarships Checklist for step-by-step instructions specific to UofM students applying to this scholarship. The checklist also includes application tips and a list of certifying advisers at the Learning Abroad Center and the Office of Student Finance.

Eligibility Requirements

Selection criteria

The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to support a diverse range of students who have been traditionally under-represented in education abroad, including but not limited to:


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.

Term Term Dates Student Deadline

Summer 2019

Programs beginning between May 1, 2019 and August 1, 2019


Regular deadline: March 5, 2019 

Fall/Academic Year 2019-20


Programs beginning between July 15, 2019 and October 15, 2019

March 5, 2019


Spring 2020


Programs beginning between December 15, 2019 and April 15, 2020

early October 2019

Summer 2020

Programs beginning between May 1, 2020 and August 1, 2020

Early application:

early October 2019

Regular deadline:

early March 2020


Award Amounts

Over 2,800 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year for US 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.

How to Submit Your Application

There are two components to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Application:

  1. Online application that includes uploading official transcripts. 
  2. Online certifications from the applicant’s study abroad and financial aid adviser.

Both components must be completed by the deadlines above in order for your application to be accepted. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered and extensions cannot be granted.

**Visit the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship website to learn more about this opportunity, review webinars with application tips, and to get started on your application.