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 15 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.
Basic Eligibility & Selection Criteria
- be a U.S. citizen.
- be an undergraduate student 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.
Veterans will be given preference during selection in cases where all other factors are equal.
Gilman-McCain International Scholarship for the Children of Military Families
New this year, Gilman-McCain Scholarship, a congressionally funded initiative providing $5,000 awards for child dependents of active duty service members to study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs.
- See full essay guidelines here
- You will not need to submit letters of recommendation. All USC applicants will need to select their USC Study Abroad Advisor and the USC certifying Financial Aid Advisor from the application portal drop-down menus to certify that the chosen study abroad program will transfer units back to USC and that the student’s financial package is accurately reflected. There is no need to contact the Financial Aid Advisor directly.
Studying Abroad through a CIEE program?
Check with your study abroad program advisor! All CIEE Gilman applicants are eligible for needs-based scholarships: GAIN Travel Grants to afford the cost of airfare and the Gilman Go Global Grants for $2500 or $1000 to all Gilman applicants whether or not the applicant is selected for the Gilman. More information here.
October 2020 Deadline: Programs Starting December 1, 2020 – October 31, 2021
This application cycle encompasses Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Summer 2020, Fall 2020, and Academic Year 2020-2021 programs. If not accepted, applicants may re-apply for next cycle as long as they continue to meet the eligibility requirements.
Please be informed that in consultation with the Deans, a decision has been reached to suspend USC Spring 2021 study abroad programs. Applicants should confirm availability of any virtual international programs with their study abroad advisor.
Application Opens: mid-August
Final Deadline: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 by 11:59pm PT
Advisor Certification Deadline: October 13, 2020 by 11:59pm PT
Email notifications: End of November
March 2021 Deadline: Programs Starting May 1, 2021 – April 30, 2022
This application cycle encompasses Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Academic Year 2020-2021, Winter 2021, and Spring 2021 programs. If not accepted, applicants may re-apply for next cycle as long as they continue to meet the eligibility requirements.
Application Opens: mid-January
Final Deadline: Tuesday, March 2, 2021 by 11:59pm PT
Advisor Certification Deadline: March 9, 2021 by 11:59pm PT
Email notifications: End of April
- Gilman Scholarship USC Information Session (Recorded 11/10/16) – AHF, Overseas Studies and the Financial Aid Office talk about how to submit a strong application.
- Gilman Scholarship Video Resources – Details 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.
- CIEE Needs-Based Scholarships for Pell Eligible Students.
Draft Review only:
Fall Deadline: September 21 – October 2, 2020
(form open September 16-September 28)
Request an Individual Draft Review
Appointments scheduled based on availability and first-come, first-served basis through the advising week.