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Gilman for France Scholarship

From May 2016, the Benjamin Franklin Travel Grant becomes "The French Embassy Benjamin Franklin - Generation Study Abroad Scholarship" and is integrated as a component of the Institute of International Education's Generation Study Abroad Campaign. IIE’s Generation Study Abroad aims to facilitate the participation of more U.S. students in an academic, internship, or service-learning experience abroad.

As of January 2020, the grant becomes “Gilman for France”, as a shared effort from both the Government of the United States of America and the French Government on increasing and diversifying international student mobility. France has chosen the Gilman Program to target undergraduate students of limited financial means, traditionally underrepresented in study abroad.


The Scholarship

  • Provides successful candidates with a scholarship up to $5,000 to support their program in France,
  • Scholarships can be used to support tuition, program fees and travel costs associated with their study abroad/exchange program in France.
  • Offers selected students the opportunity to access the France Alumni Network once they have completed their Study Abroad in France.


Eligibility criteria

  • Candidates must be U.S. citizens
  • Candidates must be undergraduate students in good standing at an accredited institution of higher education in the US
  • Candidates must be the recipient of the Federal Pell Grant during the application period or while abroad
  • Candidates must be in the process of applying to or accepted for a study abroad or internship program for academic credits.
  • The program must be at least two week long (for applicants from two-year institutions) or three weeks long (for applications from four-year institutions), and programs must be in a US Department of State Travel Advisory Level 1 or 2 country


Application Process and Deadlines

Timeline overview:

  • January – March 3, 2020 : applications are open
  • March 10 : Advisor certificate deadline
  • End of April: email notification

Students must apply on their own to the Gilman for France Scholarship. After submitted and reviewed for eligibility through the standard Gilman Scholarship procedures, all complete and eligible applications will be reviewed by the normal Gilman selection panel process. Based on top-recommended applications, the French Embassy will select the students (main and waiting lists), in approval with the US Department of State.

Awardees will receive a notification letter from the Gilman Program, and further information about the procedure to follow (documentation collection, scholarship funds, etc.).

For more information, applications and more detailed procedures, please visit https://www.gilmanscholarship.org/