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 U.S. 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 Info Sessions and Workshops (offered every semester)

Gilman/Freeman-ASIA Scholarship:  General Info Session

Tuesday, February 20, 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 23, 12–2 p.m.
Heller Hall Room 214

This scholarship essay writing workshop will help you learn how to craft high-quality Gilman Scholarship essays. Email a draft of an essay in advance by February 19 to and bring a draft to the session for individual feedback.

Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarships Checklist:  
Review this checklist for step-by-step instructions specific to U of M 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

Spring 2018

Programs beginning between December 15, 2017 and April 15, 2018 

October 3, 2017 

Summer 2018 Programs beginning between May 1, 2018 and August 1, 2018

Early application:   October 3, 2017

Regular deadline: March 6, 2018

Fall/Academic Year 2018-19

Programs beginning between July 15, 2018 and October 15, 2018

March 6, 2018


Award Amounts

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