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Gilman Scholarship

Deadline for Summer 2018 and Fall 2018 programs: March 6, 2018 

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 might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints.

Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 and are also eligible to receive a Critical Need Language Award (up to $3000) if they are studying a "critical need language" while abroad, for a total possible award of $8,000. Recipients must use the award to defray eligible study or intern abroad costs, such as tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance and international airfare.

Who should apply?
To be eligible, you must: 

  • be a U.S. citizen undergraduate in good academic standing,
  • receive a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application and/or during the study abroad program/internship,
  • apply or be accepted to a study abroad program/internship eligible for credit at Drexel, and
  • plan to study/intern abroad for at least three weeks in one country (any country with an overall Travel Advisory level of 1 or 2, according to the US State Department's Travel Advisory System)
The Gilman Scholarship program strongly encourages students to go abroad for longer periods of time and who choose non-traditional study and internship destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

The program also aims to support a diverse range of students who have been traditionally under-represented in education abroad, including but not limited to, students with high financial need, community college students, students in underrepresented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities.

How to Apply
  • To apply for the Gilman Scholarship, you must first select a Drexel-approved study abroad or international co-op program and meet with a Study Abroad or International Co-op advisor. 
  • Once you have opened an application for Drexel study abroad or international co-op, contact the Fellowships Office for support with your Gilman application essays.

October (Winter/Spring or Summer programs); March (Summer, Fall or full-length Academic Year programs)

Be sure to check our events page for upcoming Gilman info sessions!

Related Awards:
DAAD Awards; Freeman-ASIA

Last updated: December 2017

Fields of Study:

  • Arts and Creative Fields
  • Business and Law
  • Education
  • Health
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • Social Sciences and Humanities


  • Africa
  • Asia & Pacific
  • Europe
  • North America
  • South America

Program Type:

  • Study
  • Travel


  • US Citizen
  • US National or Permanent Resident

Program Length:

  • Minimum 3 weeks


  • October (Winter/Spring & Summer programs); March (Summer, Fall & Academic Year programs) 

Special Considerations:

  • Extreme financial need
  • Underrepresented racial or ethnic group
  • Disabilities

Degree Level:

  • Undergrad


  • Up to $5,000 (regular awards); up to $8,000 (with the Critical Need Language award)

Fellowship Videos

Gilman Scholarship Application Tutorial