The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program supports study abroad for undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grants and who intend to study in another country for at least four weeks.


  • Applicants must receive a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of study abroad. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals.
  •  Applicants must intend to study abroad for at least four weeks. Programs that go to more than one country are eligible as long as the applicant is studying in a single country for at least four consecutive weeks.
  • Applicants may study abroad in any country except Cuba or a country on the U.S. Department of State's current Travel Warning list. Non-western countries are preferred.
  • Applicants must be in the process of applying to or already accepted into a study abroad program.
  • Applicants must receive academic credit from Ball State for the study abroad experience, which may include internships and student teaching abroad.

How to apply

  • The application is available online and is submitted entirely online.  
  • Candidates must submit a completed application form, transcripts, a statement of purpose, and a proposed “follow-on” project essay.

  • Applicants must work with Ball State’s Study Abroad office and Financial Aid and Scholarships office well in advance of the application deadline to obtain required certifications and expense details.

  • Applicants do not need to be nominated by Ball State. However, they are strongly advised to work with Barb Stedman, director of national and international scholarships. At least six weeks before the deadline--preferably earlier--students should call 765-285-1024 to schedule an appointment, or e-mail with questions.  

Gilman application guidance for Ball State students

  • Click to access application guidelines prepared specifically for Ball State students who want to apply for a Gilman Scholarship.

  • You will need to enter your Ball State username and password to gain access.


  • Applicants who intend to study abroad during spring semester 2018 must submit their applications online by October 3, 2017.

  • Applicants who intend to study abroad during fall semester 2018 or the full 2018-2019 academic year must submit their applications online by March 6, 2018.

  • Applicants who intend to study abroad during the summer 2018 may apply for the Oct. 3, 2017 or March 6, 2018 deadline.

Duration and amount

  • The Gilman Scholarship is intended to fill funding gaps not met by a Pell Grant and other funding sources, up to $5,000. Award amounts vary but average around $4,000 per recipient.

  • Applicants who proposed to study a Critical Need Language while abroad are eligible to receive an additional $3,000. See the Gilman website for a listing of eligible languages.

  • During the 2017-2018 competition cycle, approximately 2,300 scholarships will be awarded.