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The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program from the U.S. Department of State that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad.

The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding and who want to apply for a credit-bearing international program or virtual program of at least three weeks.

At Lehigh, the Study Abroad Office, the Office of Financial Aid and the Office of Fellowship Advising work together to help students apply to the program. We have had more than 30 Lehigh students receive Gilman Scholarships in the last few years.



Send an email to confirming your intention to apply for the program before the deadline.


Meet with your Study Abroad Advisor to select a program and create a budget


Contact the Office of Financial Aid

Notify your Financial Aid counselor that you plan to apply for the Gilman Scholarship and verify that you are currently receiving a Pell Grant


An Office of Fellowship Advising (OFA) staff member will contact you to arrange a meeting


Draft your application essays and outline.  Share them with your OFA advisor via Google docs


Visit the Writing & Math Center for more feedback on your essays


Your final draft essays will go through our Blind Review process


Request an official transcript from the Registrar

Allow at least two weeks before the Gilman Scholarship application deadline to receive your transcript


Review your budget with your Study Abroad Advisor before applying



Submit your scholarship application

Send your final essays, transcript and other materials through the application portal at least three days before the deadline