Need Based Grants to the U.S.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

CIEE’s need-based grants provide support for students facing financial barriers to studying abroad. To apply, you will need to provide your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Estimated Family Contribution (EFC), as displayed on your FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR). We award need-based grants based on students’ EFCs and program selection.


$750 to $2,000 toward airfare; award amount depends on CIEE program location.

Eligibility: The Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grant helps cover airfare to and from CIEE program locations for students who demonstrate financial need. Pell-eligible students are guaranteed a GAIN Grant if they submit their Scholarships Application by October 15 for January and spring programs, or by April 1 for summer and fall programs.  GAIN Grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis to students with a wider range of need and we offer GAIN Grants for all of our programs!


Go Global Grant recipients also automatically receive a GAIN Grant!

Semester Programs: $2,500 toward program costs
Summer Programs: $1,000 toward program costs

Eligibility: Qualified applicants for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship are guaranteed a CIEE Go Global Grant and a GAIN Travel Grant, regardless of whether they receive the Gilman Scholarship. That’s a program cost reduction and funding toward airfare! Students must submit their Scholarships Application by October 15 for spring programs, or April 1 for summer and fall programs to be guaranteed a grant.  After the deadline, we will continue to award until funds are exhausted.


Submit your online application in advance of the deadline.


  • Online application which includes uploading official transcripts.
  • Online certifications from the applicant’s study abroad and financial aid advisor.

Both components must be completed by the deadlines in order for your application to be accepted. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered and extensions cannot be granted.


The online application is due at 11:59 PM Central Time on deadline day. The online application system will close at this time and no more applications will be accepted. This deadline also includes uploading official transcripts from your current college or university and any transfer institution listed in your application. For detailed instructions on how to upload your transcripts, please visit our Transcripts page.

We highly recommend that you submit your application at least one week before the deadline date to ensure that you do not miss the deadline as a result of technical difficulties with your equipment/network or as a result of heavy traffic on the Gilman website. In addition, if you encounter any issues or have questions, you will have time to contact the Gilman Program during business hours to address in advance of the deadline.


Before you begin the Gilman Scholarship application, contact the appropriate offices at your home institution in order to determine the correct study abroad and financial aid advisor to certify your application. Some institutions designate a specific financial aid or study abroad advisor to certify all Gilman Scholarship applications.

If your study abroad or financial aid advisor is not listed in the online application, please contact your advisor and ask him/her to create an account in the application system. Gilman staff will verify your advisor’s account within 2 business days. Once your advisor’s account is verified, you will be able to select your advisor from a drop-down menu within the online application. Please make sure that your advisor’s name is listed in the system well in advance of the deadline, as this information is required in order to submit an application.

Some institutions require a written release of information form before your advisors will be able to certify your application. Failure to submit a written release of information form to your advisor, if required by your university, will delay the processing of your application.


Once you submit your application online, please meet with your advisors to confirm that you have applied. At this time your advisors must log in to certify your application. It is your responsibility to ensure that your application has been certified by both advisors no later than the deadline listed above.


The Gilman Applicant Newsletter is a four volume series that is sent to applicants during an open application cycle for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. If you are an interested applicant who wants to receive helpful tips and information on completing and submitting your Gilman Scholarship online application, please sign up to get on the email list and receive the newsletters.

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