Global Citizen Day 2019

National Deadline: October 6, 2022

The October 2022 Deadline application will open in mid-August 2022 for applicants whose in-person programs or internships start between December 1, 2022, to October 31, 2023. Virtual programs will be eligible through April 30, 2023. This cycle encompasses Spring 2023, Summer 2023, Fall 2023, and Academic Year 2023-2024 programs. The application deadline is Thursday, October 6, 2022, at 11:59pm Pacific Time.

Gilman Scholarship Info Sessions


The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad. 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). Veterans of military service are encouraged to apply, and preference is given to veterans when other factors are equivalent. 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.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be an undergraduate student in good standing
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Receiving a Federal Pell Grant during the time of application or provide proof that they will be receiving a Pell Grant during the term of their study abroad program or internship
  • In the process of applying to, or accepted to, a credit-bearing study abroad or internship program
  • Multi-country, multi-area, and multi-city programs are eligible and have no minimum requirement on the length of time spent in one country, city, or area.
  • Applying for credit-bearing study abroad programs in a country or area with an overall Travel Advisory Level 1 or 2, according to the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Advisory System.


Maximum scholarship awards are $5,000, with the potential of an additional $3,000 to study a critical need language.

Application Process

  • Work with Study Abroad or ONIF to identify an eligible program
  • Complete your online application.
  • There are three essays required as part of the Gilman Scholarship application: the Statement of Purpose Essay and the two Community Impact Essays, which are the Building Mutual Understanding Essay and the Follow-on Service Project Proposal.
  • For those applying for a Critical Need Language Award, an additional essay is required.
  • After you create a draft of your application, it is recommended that you meet with ONIF  or the Writing Center for feedback.
  • Submit your application by the national deadline.

For official information on the Gilman Scholarship, which supersedes any information provided here, please visit their website.

Gilman-McCain Scholarship

National Deadline: March

In addition to the traditional study award, Gilman-McCain, named after the late senator John S. McCain from Arizona, provides awards of $5,000 for child dependents of active duty service members to study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs.

Open to child dependents of active duty service members who receive any type of Title IV federal financial aid, including Federal loans, during the time of application or provide proof that they will be receiving Title IV federal financial aid during their study abroad program or internship. 

Contact ONIF for more information and application support.


Fall 2020 webinar, 2021 Gilman Scholarship slides