Up to $5,000 towards the cost of any credit-bearing, Duke-approved study abroad program for students receiving a Pell Grant.

Application Deadline

March 7, 2024 at 5:00 AM

OUSF is happy to give advising and feedback on draft applications with at least 1 week's notice.

SPRING programs deadline: early October
SUMMER programs early decision deadline: early October

SUMMER programs regular deadline: early March

FALL programs deadline: early March

ACADEMIC YEAR programs deadline: early March

Since you will need the support of both the Global Education Office and the Financial Aid Office, OUSF encourages you to contact GEO as soon as you are interested in applying to learn their timelines.


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Quick facts

Academic Discipline

Arts & Humanities
Social Sciences
STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math)

Eligibility: Citizenship

U.S. Citizen

When to Apply

Sophomore Year, Junior Year

Campus Nomination Required?


Sponsoring Foundation Site



The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers financial support to undergraduate students wishing to study abroad who also receive Federal Pell Grant funding. There is no minimum program length, but all study abroad programs must be approved by Duke Global Education. Financial need must be ceritifed by the applicant's financial aid advisor. Award amounts vary depending on the length of study and student need.


The Gilman Scholarship provides up to $5,000 to support the cost of studying abroad, with a supplement of $3,000 possible for those who qualify for a Critical Need Language Award, and/or a supplement of $1,000 possible for those who qualify for the STEM Supplemental Award.

Recipients also receive NCE hiring status for federal jobs for one year, and access to a robust alumni network. 


The Gilman Scholarship is open to all US citizen undergraduates, in good academic standing, who meet the following criteria:

  • The applicant must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of their study abroad.
  • The applicant is applying to or has been accepted into a study abroad program eligible for credit by the student's accredited institution of higher education in the U.S.
  • The applicant is studying abroad for at least 4 weeks in one country. Programs going to more than one country are eligible if the student will be studying in one country for at least 4 weeks.
  • The applicant is studying abroad in any country except Cuba or a country on the State Department's current Travel Warning list.

Selection Criteria

  • Pell-eligible for the duration of the study abroad program
  • Impact of program and destination on student's academic and career trajectory
  • Community impact abroad and upon student’s return home
  • Academic preparedness
  • Diversity of background and experience
  • Commitment to proficiency in a critical need language ( for CNLA applicants)
  • Commitment to a stem field (for STEM supplemental award applicants)

Recent Duke Recipients


Niisoja Torto

Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow, Knight-Hennessy Scholar, Gilman Scholar