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Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Overview of the Gilman International Scholarship

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a nationally-competitive award sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. This scholarship aims to broaden the student population that studies and interns abroad by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints and is open to Pell-eligible undergraduate students. 

For more information about this award and the support available to OHIO students looking to apply, please watch this informational video from the September 16, 2021 informational session hosted by OGO and ONCA. 

Info Session:

OGO will be hosting an informational session on TEAMs: September 15, 2022 from 4-5PM. 

Pell-eligible students will receive an email for the information session from Financial Aid on Sept 8th which will include information to access the session.

Student Eligibility

  • Must be an undergraduate, degree-seeking OHIO student applying for participation in a study abroad program for academic credit.
  • Must receive the federal Pell Grant at the time of application or provide proof that you will receive the grant at the time of participation.
  • Must be a citizen or national of the United States

Program Eligibility

Intended program must meet all eligibility criteria for the Gilman International Scholarship: 

  • must be a credit-bearing study abroad or internship experience;
  • must take place in a country or area with an overall Travel Advisory Level 1 or 2, according to the U.S. Department of State's Travel Advisory System, or is on the list of approved Travel Advisory Level 3 countries/areas;
  • may take place in multiple destinations.

Award Amounts

Award amounts can vary, up to $5,000.

Applicants who will be studying a critical need language while abroad can apply for a supplemental award of up to $3,000 for a combined total of $8,000.


Please see the Gilman website for all upcoming deadlines and timeline: 

October Deadline: Gilman International Scholarship Application deadline for programs beginning between December 1, 2022, to October 31, 2023. This cycle encompasses Winter Break 2022-2023, Spring Break 2023, Spring 2023, Summer 2023, Fall 2023, and Academic Year 2023-2024 programs:

  • Tuesday, October 6, 2022 at 11:59 pm PT

March Deadline: Gilman International Scholarship Application deadline for programs beginning between May 1, 2023, to April 30, 2024. This cycle encompasses Summer 2023, Fall 2023, and Academic Year 2023-2024, and Spring 2024 programs:

  • Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at 11:59pm PT 

Gilman Incentive Grant for OHIO Students

The Gilman Incentive Grant provides additionally financial support to Gilman-eligible students who have submitted a complete Gilman Scholarship application by the deadline. This award is intended to defray the cost of travel associated with participation on a Gilman-eligible program; awardees will receive up to $1,000.The award will be directly applied to students' OHIO accounts during the term in which the awardee is scheduled to travel. Note: Applicants do not need to receive the Gilman scholarship in order to receive the Gilman Incentive Grant. They must, however, participate on the study abroad experience outlined in their Gilman application. Additionally, students may only receive one Gilman Incentive Grant during their undergraduate career at Ohio University. 

Student Eligibility

Applicants will only be considered if they meet ALL eligibility requirements for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship AND submit a complete Gilman Scholarship application by the October 6, 2022 deadline.

In addition, applicants must:

  • Participate in application essay review with Catherine Marshall or Chris Lewis no later than Monday, March 6 at 5:00 pm.
  • Meet with Financial Aid certifier Beth King no later than Monday, March 6 at 5:00 pm.
    • Email to schedule an appointment or visit during study abroad walk-in hours.
  • Have their applications certified as accurate and complete during the advisor certification period.   


After a student has met the above criteria, they will be emailed a link to apply for the Gilman Incentive Grant. 

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