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Gilman Scholarships

The Benjamin A. Gilman 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. The Gilman Scholarship is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.  Scholarships vary depending on length of study and student need with typical grants of approximately $4,000 for fall/winter programs and $3,000 for spring/summer programs.  Applicants who are studying a critical need language are eligible for an additional award of up to $8,000.  See the Gilman website for a list of eligible languages.

Institutional Endorsement: The Gilman Scholarship requires institutional endorsement.  Potential applicants should contact the U-M campus representative for more information.

U-M Contact: Michael Jordan, Director of the Center for Global and Intercultural Study, for CGIS study abroad programs.  Susan Gass, Assoc. Director of the Newnan Academic Advising Center, for non-UM study abroad programs.

Application Deadline: There are two cycles. The first is typically due at the first of October, the second at the beginning of March. Check the Gilman website for specific annual deadlines


  • U.S. citizen at time of application

  • Federal Pell Grant recipient at time of application and/or during the duration of the study abroad program

  • Program of study must be at least four weeks (28) in a single country and no more than one academic year.  Programs going to more than one country are eligible if the applicant will be in one country for at least four consecutive weeks.

  • Applicants may study in any country except Cuba and countries on the current U.S. State Department Travel Warning List.

Application Instructions:

  • Contact the U-M campus representative, Michael Jordan, to discuss eligibility and to complete the necessary certifications.

  • See the Gilman website for instructions and advice for the online application process.

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