The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, providing them with skills critical to our national security and economic prosperity. Over 3,600 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study or intern abroad.

The current application cycle closes October 6th, 2020 at 11:59pm PT and supports in-person & virtual programming for Spring 2021, Summer 2021, Fall 2021, & Academic Year 2021-2022 programs. The next application cycle will open in mid-January 2021 and close in March 2021, for applicants whose programs start between May 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022. This cycle encompasses Summer 2021, Fall 2021, Academic Year 2021-2022, and Spring 2022 programs. 

The program aims to encourage students to study and intern in a diverse array of countries or areas and world regions. The program also encourages students to study languages, especially critical need languages (those deemed important to national security). By supporting undergraduate students who have high financial need, the program has been successful in supporting students who have been historically underrepresented in education abroad, including but not limited to first-generation college students, students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields, ethnic minority students, students with disabilities, students attending HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) or other minority-serving institutions, students attending community colleges, and students coming from U.S. states with less study abroad participation.

LeAnn Adam, OSU’s Coordinator for Prestigious Scholarships is available to support students throughout the application process!  Contact LeAnn at or schedule an appointment by visiting: where you will find an online appointment scheduling link under “Contact Us.”