Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Are You Seeking to Gain Proficiency in Diverse Languages and Cultures That Are Critically Important to Your Academic and Career Development?


Online application availability

January & August; Check for details

Campus deadline

Early February & early September; candidates may submit directly

National deadline

Early March & early October


Applicant education level

Sophomore, Junior, and Senior

Open to applicants who have

completed an undergraduate degree?


Open to applicants not currently

enrolled in college/university classes?


Open to (non-U.S.) international students?


Age limit


Are applicants limited to specific fields of study?


Are students required to demonstrate financial need?


Minimum G.P.A.

None, but academic excellence is a must


UAA Institutional Endorsement

Not Required

Advising Appointment

Schedule an advising appointment with the Gilman Scholarship Campus Advisor, Leslie Tuovinen, at or at 907.786.4135 to discuss intent to apply


The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by offering awards to U.S. undergraduates who are receiving a Federal Pell Grant to participate in study abroad and internship programs worldwide

One of the goals of the Gilman Program is to broaden the student population that studies abroad by supporting undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints


Award amounts vary depending on the length of study and student need, with the average award being $4,000


Up to $5,000

Can the award be deferred?


Can the award be renewed?


Specific notes and/or exceptions

Applicants must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of program abroad

Applicants are applying to or have been accepted into a study abroad program or internship eligible for academic credit by UAA

Application must be certified by a Gilman certifying advisor at UAA; contact Leslie Tuovinen at for more details

Applicants are eligible to receive an $8,000 Critical Need Language Award (CNLA) if studying a critical need language

For a complete list of program requirements, visit


Key characteristics sought by Review Committee:

Students who have been traditionally underrepresented in study abroad programs, including but not limited to:

  • Academic preparedness and impact on student’s academic and career trajectory
  • Students whose language skills will be critically important to their academic and career development
  • Students interested in studying critical need languages (those deemed important to national security, diplomacy, and economic competitiveness)
  • Students with diverse ethnic backgrounds
  • Students in STEM fields
  • Choice of program and destination
  • Impact to host community
  • Students with high financial need
  • Students seeking to study in non-traditional countries, especially those outside of Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand
  • Students from a diverse range of institutions including four-year, public, private, community colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges, Hispanic Serving Institutions and other Minority Serving Institutions
  • Students with disabilities


For application due dates depending on application cycle and other important details, visit

  • Make an appointment with Leslie Tuovinen, at or at 907.786.4235, before you begin your application for the Gilman Scholarship
  • Find a faculty member willing to serve as your mentor during the application process
  • Register for the Gilman Scholarship online and start completing the application
  • There are two (2) essays required: the Statement of Purpose and the Follow-on Service Project Proposal, specific guidelines for which can be found at
  • Submit a complete application by the CAMPUS DEADLINE
  • Applications are reviewed by a selection panel of advisors at U.S. institutions of higher education
  • National selection panels take place in January, April, May, and November
  • You will be notified of the status of your application via email depending on your application cycle
  • For approximate dates, see below under When are winning candidates notified?


Number of applications received nationwide


Number of awards granted


Is an interview required?


When are qualifying candidates notified?


When are winning candidates notified?

November: Spring application

February: Summer-early application

Late April: Summer application

Late May: Fall application


Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Campus Advisor

Leslie Tuovinen, Education Abroad Coordinator


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Email address


Webinars for candidates are available at

Schedule an advising appointment at or at 907.786.4135