U.S. Government Scholarships for Study Abroad

Rickey Egan smiles for a selfie during his CLS program in Japan.
Gilman Scholar Julian Jackson sits overlooking a cityscape.
UD Gilman Scholar Julian Jackson (Panama)

U.S. Government Scholarships for Study Abroad 

The University offers hands-on advising for prestigious U.S. Government Scholarships for study abroad, including the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, Boren Awards, Critical Language Scholarship Program, and Fulbright. 

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The U.S. Department of State’s Gilman Scholarship is a grant program that enables U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad. The Gilman Scholarship Program broadens the student population that studies and interns abroad by supporting undergraduates receiving Pell Grants who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints.

Developed under the framework of the State Department’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, the John McCain International Scholarship for the Children of Military Families (Gilman-McCain Scholarship) is open to undergraduate child dependents of active duty service members to study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs who receive any type of Title IV federal financial aid from accredited U.S. colleges and universities.

Students may receive up to $5,000, and are eligible to receive an additional $3,000 if pursuing a program in a critical need language.

For complete details, visit the Gilman Scholarship website and review these best practices.

The Fall 2024 Application will be Open in August!

Gilman Scholarship Overview Webinar

September 5 | 5 p.m.

Tips for Applying for Gilman Scholarship Webinar

September 19 | 5 p.m.

Scholarship Advisor Contact Information

Marie Gleason
Senior Study Abroad Coordinator, CGPS

Boren Awards

An initiative of the National Security Education Program, the Boren Awards allow U.S. undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to study less commonly taught languages critical to national interests. Awards of up to $30,000 are available for one year of study. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars and Fellows commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

For complete details, visit the Boren Awards website.

Watch An Interest Meeting

Scholarship Advisor Contact Information

Honors College

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program 

The CLS Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for U.S. citizen  students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid  gains in lesser-taught languages.The Critical Language Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and implemented by American Councils for International Education.

For complete details, visit the CLS Program website

Watch an InTerest Meeting

The deadline for Summer 2024 is November 14, 2023.

Complete this interest form for more information

Scholarship Advisor Contact Information

Advisor in the Honors College


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Photo taken by Rickey Egan during his 2018 Critical Language Scholarship Program in Japan.