The University of Iowa

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship


The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad, including virtual academic and internship programs, and the countries and regions where they go by offering scholarships to those who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. The Benjamin A. 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 range from $100 to $5,000 for semester or academic year program (average scholarship $2,000); or summer program of at least three weeks, 21 days (average scholarship $1,500).

March 2021 cycle

Programs starting between May 1, 2021, and April 30, 2022 (Summer 2021, Fall 2021, Academic Year 2021-22, Spring 2022) 

Application Submission Deadline EXTENDED: Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 11:59 pm Pacific Time zone (1:59 am Central Time zone 3/10/2021), the application is open now! UI Gilman Information Session registration details are available below.

Gilman Extended Application Deadline Tuesday, March 9, 2021 11:59 pm Pacific, 1:59 am Central March 10, 2021

October 2021 cycle

Programs starting between December 1, 2021, and October 31, 2022 (Spring 2022, Summer 2022, Fall 2022, Academic Year 2022-23) 

Application Submission Deadline: Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 11:59 pm Pacific Time zone (1:59 am Central Time zone 10/6/2021), the application opens early Fall.

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program 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.

Information Sessions

Gilman Scholarship Information sessions will be offered in a virtual format. Choose the session you wish, click the link and you will be connected to the Zoom meeting. All participants must have an email address at the University of Iowa (

If you need an alternate appointment, please email Teresa Kout.

In addition to the Information Sessions offered by the Study Abroad Office, this video is an ad that the Gilman team created out of video clips filmed by our Gilman Global Experience Bloggers and our Alumni Ambassadors:

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