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Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Global Temple Conference


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 Supplement. 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 and review your application essay drafts. Follow these steps to schedule an appointment:
    • Contact Education Abroad at study.abroad@temple.edu or 215-204-0720 to schedule an appointment.
      • You will e-mail your Gilman application essay drafts to your study abroad advisor before your appointment, so schedule your appointment accordingtly.
      • Your appointment should take place at least one week in advance of the official Gilman Scholarship deadline (see below).
      • Appointments are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • 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.

For updates regarding the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship and COVID-19, please visit the Updates and FAQs page on the Gilman 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.

Temple students who plan to submit essay drafts and meet with an advisor should do so by the following internal deadlines, which are in advance of the official Gilman deadlines.

  • Cycle 1 (Summer and Fall 2023, Academic Year 2023-2024, and Spring 2024 programs or internships): Thursday, March 9, 2023
  • Cycle 2 (Spring, Summer and Fall 2024; Academic Year 2024-2025 programs): Tuesday, October 3, 2023*

*The internal deadlines always fall on a Friday in correspondence with the national deadlines.

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