Gilman International (Benjamin A.) Scholarship


This scholarship provides awards of up to $5,000 for U.S. undergraduate students who are eligible for or currently receiving Federal Pell Grant funding to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Award amounts vary depending on the length of study and student need. The average award is approximately $4,000.


  • U.S. citizen
  • Undergraduate at the time of the proposed program
  • Receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of the application or proposed program
  • Program eligible to earn credit at Penn State 

Application Materials:

  • A completed application
  • Statement of (Program) Purpose (7,000 characters; guidance here)
  • Community Impact Essay (6,000 characters; guidance here)
  • Critical Need Language Award Essay (optional) for students who plan on studying a critical need language during their program
  • Identification of study abroad and financial aid advisors
  • Transcript(s)

Application Procedure:

Application Deadline for Spring 2023 & Early Deadline for Summer 2023* - October 5, 2023

Application Deadline for Summer 2023*, Fall 2023 & Academic Year 2023-2024 - March 7, 2024 

*Applicants seeking funding for the summer can apply in both application cycles and have two chances at receiving funding.

Applications must be submitted directly using the online application system. However, applicants are encouraged to first work with the Study Abroad office to identify an appropriate program and then work with our office to prepare a competitive application.


Year at Time of Application: 
First-Year Student, Sophomore, Junior, Senior or Beyond
Duration of Award: 
Summer, Semester, Full Year or More
No Preference
Direct Submission
Area of Interest: 
Agricultural Sciences, Architecture, Business, Communications and Journalism, Education, Engineering, Environmental and Geosciences, Life Sciences, Humanities, Information Technology and Computer Science, International Relations Political Science and Law, Mathematics, Music, Nursing and Health Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Statistics, Visual and Performing Arts
Earliest Application Deadline: 
Jan. – April, Sept. – Dec.
Penn-State Sponsored: 
Fellowship Components: 
Financial Need