Gilman Scholarships

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The Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program reduces barriers to study abroad through providing assistance to those undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need.

Note: William & Mary applications must be endorsed by study abroad advisor Molly DeStafney (Reves Center) and a Financial Aid officer.

Applications for Spring 2018 programs and early applications for Summer 2018 are available now the Gilman website and must be submitted online in early October.

Applications for Summer 2018 or Fall 2018 - Spring 2019 programs will be available starting in January on the Gilman website have an early March deadline. 

Candidates should work with Peer Scholarship Advisors to go over their application and email copies of their essays to their endorsers prior to submission.

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is open to all U.S. citizen undergraduates, in good academic standing, who meet the criteria listed below

    • The applicant must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of his/her study abroad. 
    • The applicant is applying to or has been accepted into a study abroad program or internship eligible for credit by the student's accredited institution of higher education in the U.S.
    • The applicant is studying abroad for at least four weeks in one country. Programs going to more than one country are eligible if the student will be studying in one country for at least four consecutive weeks.
    • The applicant is studying abroad in any country except Cuba or a country 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.

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

    • students with high financial need,
    • students interested in studying in diverse countries, especially those outside of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand,
    • students with diverse ethnic backgrounds,
    • students from diverse range of institutions including four-year, public, private, community colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges, Hispanic Serving Institutions and other Minority Serving Institutions, and
    • students with disabilities.

    The program strongly encourages students to choose non-traditional study abroad destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The program strongly encourages students from community colleges to apply. The program encourages students to study abroad for longer periods of time though short-term programs of at least four weeks in length are eligible. The program also seeks to serve students from all 50 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico. The program aims to encourage students in non-traditional fields of study such as the sciences and engineering, to study abroad though all disciplines are eligible.

    The program seeks to assist students from a diverse range of colleges and universities including, but not limited to: two and four-year public and private colleges, Tribal Colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions and other Minority-Serving Institutions from all 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico. The program aims to open doors for students who have not previously studied abroad for undergraduate academic credit.

    All recipients are required to carry out a Follow-on Service Project that promotes international education and the Gilman Scholarship Program at the students' home institution or in their home community. The Follow-on Service Project Proposal, Statement of Purpose essay and the applicant's academic progress are criteria that are closely considered during the selection process.

    Over 2,300 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.

    Students who apply for and receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad are then eligible to receive a Critical Need Language Award from the Gilman Scholarship Program of $8,000. Applicants who are studying a critical need language while abroad will automatically be considered for the Critical Need Language Award. During the 2011-2012 academic year, 50 Critical Need Language Awards were offered to Gilman Scholarship recipients.

    Critical Need Languages include:

    • Arabic (all dialects);
    • Chinese (all dialects);
    • Bahasa Indonesia
    • Japanese
    • Turkic (Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Kyrgz, Turkish, Turkmen, Uzbek);
    • Persian (Farsi, Dari, Kurdish, Pashto, Tajiki);
    • Indic (Hindi, Urdu, Nepali, Sinhala, Bengali, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati, Sindhi);
    • Korean
    • Russian
    • Swahili

    Be sure to read all the information on the Gilman website, especially the FAQ page, and set up a meeting with a Peer Scholarship Advisor to discuss your application.

    W&M students have been awarded Gilman Scholarships to study abroad in China, Costa Rica, England, France, India, Jordan, Morocco, Russia, Spain, and South Africa.

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