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Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic prosperity. The Institute of International Education has administered the program since its inception in 2001.

For more information contact  Kerry Stamp, Director of International Studies (kstamp@vassar.edu) and visit the Gilman website for application details.

 Campus deadline for support from the Office of International Studies is March 6. 

Student is in the process of applying to, or accepted for, a study abroad or internship program approved for academic credit by the student’s home institution for up to one academic year. (Note: Minimum period of study in a single country of at least two weeks for community college students and three weeks for students from four-year institutions.) Proof of program acceptance is required prior to award disbursement;

Note: Applicants will be pre-screened to ensure their program of choice is in a country that has a Level 1 or 2 Travel Advisory, according to the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Advisory System.  Applicants applying to a country that has a Level 3 or 4 Travel Advisory will not be considered. 

  1. Review the Gilman eligibility requirements to ensure they meet all the requirements to apply.
  2. Identify a Study Abroad Program 
  3. Register for the application 
  4. Schedule an appointment to meet with Kerry Stamp, Director of International Programs by calling x5260. 
  5. Contact the Financial Aid Office to inform them that you are applying for this fellowship as they will have to verify your financial aid as part of the application process. 
  6. Follow up to ensure that both advisers have received your Gilman Application Endorsement Request E-mail.