About the Gilman Scholarship
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship 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 eligible for a Federal Pell Grant at a two-year or four-year college or university. Winners of the Gilman Scholarship receive up to $5,000 to study abroad for a minimum of 21 consecutive days up to a full academic year. Applicants may also apply for the supplementary Critical Need Language Award, which supports study of one of the 14 designated critical need languages while studying abroad in a country where the language is predominantly spoken. Consult with your academic department for available USC-affiliated study abroad programs.
Students who are eligible for Gilman and are interested in studying abroad in East or Southeast Asia should also look into the Freeman-ASIA Scholarship.
On November 29, 2016 President Obama signed an Executive Order giving alumni from the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship non-competitive eligibility for U.S. government jobs.
For additional information, visit the Gilman Scholarship website here.
- be a United States citizen undergraduate student at an accredited two- or four-year U.S. institution in good standing.
- be receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term abroad.
- be in the process of applying to or accepted into a study abroad program or internship eligible for academic credit by USC.
- participating in a study abroad program or international internship that is no less than three weeks (21 days) – in one country and no more than an academic year.
- be applying for credit-bearing study abroad programs in a country with an overall Travel Advisory Level 1 or 2, according to the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Advisory System. Certain areas within these countries may be designated within the Travel Advisory as either “Do not travel to” (Level 4) or “Reconsider travel to” (Level 3) locations, as such; students will not be allowed to travel to these areas.
Applicants for the Gilman Scholarship can apply for Fall, Spring or Summer study abroad programs. The application includes the following essays:
- Statement of Grant Purpose Essay: this essay asks for information on why you chose your study abroad program, your motivations for studying abroad, your long-term goals following your study abroad experience, etc.
- Follow-on Service Project Proposal: once completing a study abroad program, all Gilman recipients must complete a service project within 6 months of completing the program in order to increase awareness of study abroad and the Gilman Scholarship among your peers and/or your home community.
- Critical Need Language Award (supplemental): applicants who are studying one of the 14 designated critical need languages while abroad in a country in which the language is predominantly spoken have the option to be considered for the Critical Need Language Award of up to $8,000. Recipients will have the opportunity to evaluate and certify their language skills acquired during their program. An additional supplemental essay is required for submission.
See full essay guidelines here. You will not need to submit letters of recommendation. All USC applicants will be reviewed by the University’s designated study abroad advisor and certifying financial aid advisor to certify that your chosen study abroad program will transfer units back to USC and that your financial package is accurately reflected.
March 6, 2018, 11:59 CT: Summer 2018, Fall 2018, and 2018-2019 Academic Year Programs (application opens mid-January 2018)
- Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program USC Information Session (Recorded 11/10/16)
Hear from staff from AHF, Overseas Studies and the Financial Aid Office about how to submit a strong application.
- Gilman Scholarship Video Resources – detailed on the application and testimonials from previous Gilman Scholarship recipients,
- Gilman YouTube Channel – Includes tutorials on Uploading Transcripts, Online Application Walk-through & Composing Competitive Essays
- Gilman Scholarship Presentation by Katherine Ampaw, Norman Topping Student Aid Fund Graduate Assistant & Gilman Scholarship Advisor