Applying for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

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If you are a Pell Grant recipient and a U.S. citizen, you are eligible for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. The Gilman Scholarship offers eligible students awards of up to $5,000 to help fund their study abroad. Students studying Critical Need Languages are eligible for an additional $3,000. For more information and to apply, visit

Summer, Fall, and Academic Year program deadlines are typically in early March. You can read more information about these deadlines on

Winter, Spring, and Calendar Year program deadlines are typically in early October. You can read more information about these deadlines on

Steps to Apply

  1. All students are encouraged to attend a Gilman Information Session hosted by UCSC Study Abroad in the Fall and Winter. Information on dates and times can be found on Slugs Abroad.
  2. If you cannot attend an in-person information session, be sure to check out UCSC Study Abroad Gilman Presentation to get in-depth information about the scholarship, application process, and essay requirements.
  3. Start your Gilman application. To review the application overview, click
  4. Complete the OAS Authorization to Release Information Form. This allows Financial Aid to verify your aid information as they are certifying your Gilman application. You can access the Authorization to Release Information form through your 'MyAidVerify' in the 'Other Documents' section. Once you complete the form, upload it to your MyAid Verify account.
  5. Have your scholarship essays reviewed by an advisor. You can do this one of two ways:
    1. Come to a scholarship essay review workshop to have a study abroad adviser sit down with you and provide feedback on your Gilman essays. We host these workshops in both Fall and Winter. Visit Slugs Abroad to find out dates and times.
    2. Share your essays in a Google Document with so Advisors can provide direct feedback in your document. Include your name and program. Please give advisers at least 7 days to review your essays and provide feedback.
    3. For further guidance, review the Gilman Scholarship Review Criteria worksheet to see the rubric in which all essays are graded and scored.
  6. Submit Gilman application by student deadline.
  7. After submission, UCSC Study Abroad and Financial Aid will certify your application by the adviser deadline (a week after the student deadline). There is no need to notify either office that you have submitted your application.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know whether I get the Pell Grant or if I am Pell eligible?

Check your UCSC Financial Aid Award for a Pell Grant. Also, check with the Financial Aid Advisors. You can visit them during drop-in hours on Tuesday and Wednesday from 1 pm - 4 pm in 205 Hahn OR email them accordingly:

If I receive a Gilman Scholarship, will that impact my university financial aid package?

It may, depending upon your aid package. The UC Santa Cruz Financial Aid Office has federal, state and institutional guidelines they must follow when awarding financial aid packages. You can only receive financial aid (including scholarships, grants, and loans) up to the total study abroad program cost. The Gilman scholarship becomes part of your regular financial aid packaging, with the aim of replacing loan eligibility with scholarship funds where possible. Please meet with one of our Financial Aid Advisors during the drop in hours at 205 Hahn or email them accordingly (see above).

Who do I list as my Study Abroad Adviser?

Please list the Study Abroad Advisor that works specifically with your program. If you are not sure who this is, visit the staff directory page to find your study abroad advisor.

Who do I list as my Financial Aid Adviser?

Do I have to let my Study Abroad Advisor or Financial Advisor know that I am applying for the Gilman, or have them review my application?

No. Gilman’s online application system will automatically email us and the Financial Aid Advisor you listed on your application to let us know that you have submitted a Gilman application and to ask that we certify your application. We are very familiar with the Gilman here at UC Santa Cruz and are accustomed to certifying Gilman applications each quarter.

Where can I find my program information?

If information for your program is not available yet, you can refer to last year's information. Please email us at with any questions.

Do I have to contact my study abroad and financial aid adviser to certify my Gilman application?

No. You do not need to contact UCSC Study Abroad or the UCSC Financial Aid & Scholarship Office about the submission of your Gilman Scholarship application. We are automatically notified of your submission. We will make sure your application is reviewed for certification by the adviser certification deadline (typically a week after the Gilman application deadline). Once the certification is completed, you will receive an auto-message from the Gilman Scholarship website. PLEASE note that in order for Financial Aid to release information to Gilman about your aid package, you must complete an OAS Authorization to Release Information Form.

Where do I go if I have more questions?

Please visit the FAQ section of the Gilman website first, then contact us at with any remaining questions or concerns.