The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad.

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Gilman Scholarship 

The  Gilman Scholarship Program broadens the student population that studies and interns abroad by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints.  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.  Annually nearly 3,000 scholarships worth up to $5,000 are awarded nationally. Applicants who are studying a critical need language while abroad can apply for a supplemental award of up to $3,000, for a combined total of $8,000.   

Since program inception, URI has had over 100 Gilman Scholars!

Gilman-McCain Scholarship 

For child and spousal dependents of active or activated United States military personnel.   

The John McCain International Scholarship for the Children of Military Families (Gilman-McCain Scholarship) is a congressionally funded initiative of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and named after the late senator John S. McCain from Arizona.  The Gilman-McCain Scholarship provides awards of $5,000 for child dependents of active duty service members to study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs. Developed under the framework of the State Department’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, the Gilman-McCain Scholarship is open to eligible students enrolled at accredited U.S. colleges and universities who receive any type of Title IV federal financial aid.

Information for URI Applicants

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship website has a wealth of information related to eligibility requirements, application cycles, and candidate resources. Applicants are encouraged to start early, review the helpful tips on how to submit a competitive application, and sign-up for a free webinar.

URI Information Sessions

Each semester the URI Office of International Education offers information sessions on campus related to the Gilman Scholarship program. Our staff has worked with current and former URI Gilman Scholars and have served on the Gilman program’s national selection committee.  Our aim is to share our knowledge to help increase your chances.

Follow the links below for the schedules for upcoming information sessions:

URI Gilman Scholarship Information Sessions 

URI Gilman-McCain Scholarship Information Sessions

If your schedule does not permit attendance to an information session, refer to the Gilman web page. You will find  exceptional resources to guide you through the process.

Initial Steps

1.  To apply for a Gilman Scholarship, applicants should be in the process of applying to, or already admitted, to a credit-bearing study abroad or internship program. URI applicants can research programs and begin the URI education abroad process in the URIAbroad system. 

Education Abroad Process

2. Compared to many scholarship programs the chances of receiving a Gilman scholarship are quite good. But, there are no guarantees. Applicants should confirm that they have the resources to finance their study abroad program even if the do not become a Gilman recipient. Review the Affording Study Abroad page, speak with our advisors, and meet with a Financial Aid Officer in URI Enrollment Services to be sure all is in order to finance your program. There is financial assistance available, but you should plan carefully and start the planning process early.

Quality Essays Make a Big Difference

The Gilman Scholarship Application requires three essays as part of the application process. For those applying for a Critical Need Language Award, an additional essay is required. Their web page provides a wealth of information on completing this component of the application and great writing tips.   

  • Watch the “Composing Competitive Essays” video before you start writing!
  • Review the Gilman “Essays” page for guidelines and tips to developing competitive essays.
  • Start early and revise until you have quality application essays. This part of the process is where you are able to convince the selection committee why you should be selected as a recipient.
  • Utilize the Gilman social media resources or participate in an online webinar or workshop to learn how to develop  an effective Statement of Purpose and Follow-on Service Project Proposal.
  • Have your essays proofread by a professor, advisor, tutor in the URI Writing Center, family member or friend.
  • Once you have a quality Statement of Purpose, use it as  a foundation to apply for other scholarship opportunities!
  • ATTEND A URI GILMAN SCHOLARSHIP ESSAY WRITING SUPPORT SESSION! Click here for the schedule of upcoming sessions.

URI’s Certifying Advisors for the Gilman Program

As part of the Gilman Scholarship application process you will be required to identify an education abroad and financial aid advisor on the URI campus who can certify your application. The URI Office of International Education and Enrollment Services Office work very closely to ensure URI applicants are certified in a timely manner. URI Gilman applicants should be aware of the following:

1.  The Certifying  Financial Aid Advisors at URI are Tara-Lyn Houle and Abigail Juenger. Their names will appear in the appropriate drop-down menu within the Gilman application portal.  URI applicants should feel comfortable selecting one of their names as each of them are prepared each application cycle to proceed with certification process.

2.  Students participating in a URI Faculty-Led Summer program should select Michelle Carrara as their Certifying Study Abroad Advisor and Tom Hospod for all other study abroad program options. 

Gilman Scholarship and Pell Grant “Match” Scholarships

Ask your study abroad program provider if they offer Gilman Scholarship or Pell Grant “match” scholarships. Several provide awards to supplement Gilman or Pell Grant funds. Below is a list of URI affiliated providers with such opportunities. Refer to each individual site for complete information and eligibility requirements as the program details are subject to change.

AIFS Gilman Scholarship Match – $500 Grants – AIFS will award an additional $500 to each student who receives a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship and uses it toward an AIFS semester or academic year catalog program.  $500 Pell Grant Eligible awards are also available.

API-Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Awards – Students participating in an API program who have been awarded a Gilman scholarship will be eligible to receive up to $1,000 in matching contributions from API for a study abroad program, or up to $500 in matching contributions from API for an intern abroad program.

CIEE Gilman Go and GAIN Travel Grants – Federal Pell Grant-eligible students can receive a GAIN Travel Grant up to $1,000 when they complete their CIEE Scholarships and Grants application by our published deadlines. Gilman Scholarship applicants can receive a CIEE Go Global Grant AND a GAIN Travel Grant totally up to $3,500!

SIT Study Abroad Pell Grant Match – The program offers matching funding to Pell Grant recipients to help pay for their SIT Study Abroad programs.

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

The Gilman Scholarship can go a long way towards funding a study abroad experience, but apply to more than just this program.  Use the scholarship essay as a foundation for other scholarship applications.  Here are a few items to consider:

– Visit our scholarship page for information on additional opportunities.

-Leave no stone unturned!  Check with your academic department, civic groups in your local community, or your study abroad program provider regarding additional scholarship opportunities.

-Apply to scholarship opportunities for which you qualify.  You have no chance of receiving an award if you do not apply!