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Gilman Scholarship

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program broadens the student population that studies and interns abroad by supporting 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 (of up to $3,000) if they are studying a "critical need language" while abroad, for a total possible award of $8,000.

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 term
  • apply or be accepted to a study abroad program, internship, or co-op eligible for credit at Drexel
  • plan to study/intern abroad in a country with an overall Travel Advisory level of 1 or 2, according to the US State Department's Travel Advisory System*

*Countries with a travel advisory level elevated to 3 or 4 solely because of COVID are also currently eligible - see Gilman's official website for more information.

The program aims to support a diverse range of students who have been historically underrepresented in education abroad, including but not limited to: first-generation college students, students in STEM fields, racial and ethnic minority students, students with disabilities, and students from US states with less study abroad participation. Preference is given to those who have not studied abroad before and to veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed forces.

The Gilman Scholarship program encourages students to choose underrepresented study and internship destinations, meaning those outside of Western Europe, Australia, China, Japan and South Korea.

The Gilman-McCain Scholarship
Separate from the traditional Gilman Scholarship, awards of up to $5,000 are available for child dependents of active duty service members through the Gilman-McCain Scholarship
To be eligible, you must:

  • be a U.S. citizen undergraduate in good academic standing
  • be a dependent child of an active duty military member(s) during the time of application in one of the following: Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Coast Guard
  • receive of any type of Title IV federal financial aid

How to Apply


Gilman has two application cycles per year:

Cycle 1 Deadline: First Tuesday in October (for abroad programs beginning the following December through October)

Cycle 2 Deadline: First Tuesday in March (for abroad programs beginning the following May through April)

If an applicant is not selected, they may re-apply for the next cycle as long as they continue to meet eligibility requirements and their program falls within the eligible start dates.

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

Last updated: September 2020

Related Awards:
DAAD; Freeman-ASIA


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
  • LGBT
  • Disabilities

Degree Level:

  • Undergrad


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