Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship


Awards of up to $5,000 are made 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 for a semester being $4,000. Students studying a critical need language while abroad in the Middle East, North Africa or other non-traditional locations are also eligible for an additional $3,000 Gilman Critical Need Language Award. This congressionally-funded program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and is administered by the Institute of International Education. Eligible students may also apply for the Gilman-McCain scholarship. The process of applying for both scholarships is the same.

For more information, application tips, and resources to help you submit a successful Gilman application:

  • Review our Gilman Application Guide
  • Sign up for a Gilman Scholarship Essay Workshop
  • If you are a Temple student who would like additional support with your application, we recommend that you meet with a study abroad advisor to discuss your study abroad plan. We recommend all applicants work with the Student Success Writing Center to review your essay draft before submitting. 
  • If you have additional questions after attending a Gilman Essay Writing Workshop or reviewing the Gilman Application Guide, contact Education Abroad at or 215-204-0720 to schedule an appointment.
  • Non-Temple students should consult the study abroad office at their home institution for application and advising process instructions.

To begin your application, visit the Gilman application website.

Eligibility Requirements

Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program applicants: Students who are U.S. citizens and receiving federal Pell Grant funding at 2-year or 4-year undergraduate colleges or universities are eligible to apply.

Gilman-McCain Scholarship: Students who are U.S. citizens, the child dependents of an active duty military member during the time of application, and receive any type of Title IV federal funding at 2-year or 4-year undergraduate colleges or universities are eligible to apply.


Check the Gilman website for the most up-to-date deadlines.

  • The March deadline is for programs beginning in the upcoming Summer and Fall semesters, Academic Year programs beginning in the fall, and programs starting in the Spring of the upcoming academic year. 
  • The October deadline is for programs beginning in Spring, Summer and Fall semesters of the next calendar year as well as Academic Year programs beginning the next academic year.

Learn more

Visit the Gilman website to learn more


The Apply-to-Gilman Guarantee

Temple students who submit an application to the Gilman Scholarship will receive an Education Abroad scholarship of at least $1,000 toward their program.