University of Iowa

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by offering scholarships to those who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. 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 to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide. Awards of up to $5,000 for semester or academic year program (average scholarship $3,000); or summer program of at least three weeks, 21 days (average scholarship $2,000).

CYCLE 1 - programs that start between December 2019 and October 2020 (Spring 2020, Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Academic Year 2020-21)

Application Submission Deadline Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 11:59 p.m. CDT - Online Application Open Now!

  • Applicant notification occurs in late November 2019

CYCLE 2 - programs that start between May 2020 and April 2021 (Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Academic Year 2020-21, Spring 2021)

Application Submission Deadline Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 11:59 p.m. CDT - Online Application Opens mid-January 2020

  • Applicant notification occurs late April 2020

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship website provides details for students who wish to submit applications for this scholarship. All applicants will find extremely helpful information on this website including eligibility requirements, program statistics, the application process, guidelines for submission of essays, selection criteria, and many additional resources. Applicants are encouraged to review the website to fully prepare submissions of this scholarship application. The Gilman Scholarship is administered by IIE, not through the University of Iowa, however, the Study Abroad office conducts Gilman Scholarship Information Sessions for students who wish to learn more about this process. These sessions are held to provide information about the application process; all students are welcome to attend whether planning to apply for the current application session or are thinking about studying abroad in future sessions.

The Gilman Scholarship Information Session dates and times are listed below; all sessions will be offered at 1117 University Capitol Centre, International Commons (next to Study Abroad office).

CYCLE 1 Information Sessions (Spring 2020, Summer 2020) 

  • Monday, September 23, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
  • Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
  • Thursday, September 26, 2019, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, September 27, 2019, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

CYCLE 2 Information Sessions (Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Academic Year 2020-21) 

  • Monday, February 3, 2020, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, February 4, 2020,  2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
  • Thursday, February 6, 2020, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Monday, February 10, 2020, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Students planning to study abroad Summer 2020 can submit the application for the CYCLE 1 application cycle and, if not selected as a recipient, can again submit for the CYCLE 2 application cycle provided eligibility requirements are met and program falls within the stated dates.

In addition to the Information Sessions offered by the Study Abroad Office, check out this video created by a previous scholarship recipient:


Additional questions can be directed to your specific Study Abroad Advisor or Teresa Kout, Participant Services Specialist, 319-335-0353.