Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarships

The Gilman Scholarships support undergraduates of limited financial means to study abroad.

About the Scholarship

The Gilman Scholarships support undergraduates of limited financial means to study abroad. Students must be U.S. citizens. Award recipients are chosen through a competitive selection process.

Awards must be used to defray eligible study abroad costs, which can include program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance, and international airfare. Awards go up to $5,000, with an average award of $4,000, and vary depending on the length of study and student. Students receiving federal Pell Grant funding at 2- or 4-year undergraduate colleges or universities may apply.


Candidates for a Gilman Scholarships must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be an undergraduate student in good academic standing
  • Be the recipient of a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that will be receiving a Pell Grant at the time of application or during the study abroad term
  • Have applied or been accepted into a study abroad program eligible for credit at the student's accredited U.S. institution of higher education
  • Study abroad in one country for at least 4 weeks. Programs going to more than one country are eligible if the student remains in a single country for at least 4 weeks during the program. Students can study abroad in any country except those on the State Department's current Travel Warning list.
  • Study in the fall, spring, summer, or academic year terms including winter inter-sessions


Application Process

Review the Dartmouth Gilman Application Process on our Canvas site.

The Gilman Scholarship operates on separate timelines, depending on the start of the proposed study abroad program. See the Gilman Deadlines and Timelines page for details.

All applications for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship must be certified online by both a financial aid and a study abroad advisor. The financial aid advisor will verify that the student is currently receiving a Federal Pell Grant and the estimated amount of financial aid, in grants and scholarships, that the student may apply to their study abroad program. The study abroad advisor will verify the study abroad program information provided by the student and that the program they are applying to is an approved, undergraduate credit-eligible program at the student's home university.

When completing the online applications, students will be able to choose the Study Abroad Advisor and the Financial Aid Advisor from the drop-down lists provided.

While the Fellowship Office cannot certify your application, we are happy to advise you on your application materials.