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 Temple students, a required part of the Gilman application process is to meet with a study abroad advisor to discuss your study abroad plan and review your application essays. While the scholarship application itself must be completed on the Gilman application website, Temple applicants are also required to create an advising profile by clicking on the Get Started button below before starting a Gilman application. Once logged into the portal, follow these steps to start the advising process:
- Download and review the posted “Gilman Application Guide” checklist, which explains the steps to the process.
- Sign up for a Gilman Scholarship Essay Workshop
- Once you have written drafts of your essays, make an appointment with an advisor in Education Abroad using the scheduler provided in your portal.
Non-Temple students should consult the study abroad office at their home institution for application and advising process instructions.
For updates regarding the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship and COVID-19, please visit the Updates and FAQs page on the Gilman website.
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. In order for your Study Abroad Advisor to effectively aid in your application, you must submit your essays and meet with an advisor by the following internal deadlines, which are in advance of the official Gilman deadlines.
Cycle 1 (Spring 2021, Summer 2021, Fall 2021; Academic Year 2021-2022): Tuesday, October 2, 2020*
Cycle 2 (Summer and Fall 2020; Academic Year 2020-2021; Spring 2021): Friday, February 28, 2020*
*The internal deadlines always fall on a Friday in correspondence with the national deadlines.