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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 at a two-year or four-year college or university and who want to apply for a credit-bearing international 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. In the 2019-2020 academic year, 17 Lehigh students received Gilman Scholarships. 

The Application Process (Deadline: February 1, 2021)


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

Note: The Gilman Scholarship selection criteria give preference to candidates who are studying in underrepresented countries.


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.


Make an appointment with the Office of Fellowship Advising.

Review the Gilman Scholarship application requirements before the meeting.


During your meeting, create a profile in the Gilman Scholarship application portal.



Write the first draft of the application essays.

Send the drafts to Deb Rubart, who will forward them to a Fellowship Advisor for review. The advisor will provide suggestions to strengthen the essays.


After revising your first draft, visit the Writing & Math Center.

Use their feedback to further revise your essays.


Send your revised essays to your Fellowship Advisor for further review.

Expect to go through three or more rounds of revisions.


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.