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Gilman Scholarship

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad.

Who is Gilman looking for?

Students who choose non-traditional study and intern destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and 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.

To be eligible, you must be:

  • a U.S. citizen undergraduate in good academic standing,
  • receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application and/or during the study abroad program/internship,
  • applying or accepted to a study abroad program/internship eligible for credit at Drexel, and
  • studying/interning abroad for at least four weeks in one country (any country except for Cuba or countries listed in the Department of State’s current Travel Warning list.

What are the benefits of the award?

Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 and are also eligible to receive a Critical Need Language Award, for a total award of $8,000 if studying one of the following languages while abroad in a country in which the language is predominantly spoken: Arabic, Chinese, Bahasa Indonesia, Japanese, Turkic, Persian, Indic, Korea, Russian and Swahili. 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.

How do I apply?

To apply for the Gilman Scholarship, you must first select a Drexel-approved study abroad or international co-op program and meet with an advisor from the Study Abroad Office. If you meet the eligibility requirements for the Gilman Scholarship and have opened an application for Drexel study abroad or international co-op, contact the Fellowships Office for support with your Gilman application essays.

When are applications due?

The deadline to apply for scholarships for Winter/Spring or Summer programs is October 6, 2015. The deadline to apply for scholarships for Fall or full-length Academic Year programs is March 3, 2016.  

To learn about the Gilman experience, application process at Drexel, and how to craft a competitive application, register for the upcoming Gilman info session!

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 4 weeks


  • October 6, 2015 (Winter/Spring & Summer programs); March 1, 2016 (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