Fulbright Program and Gilman Scholarship

The Fulbright and Gilman Scholarship programs are two of the most inclusive and supportive scholarship opportunities available to study away students. Whether you're an undergraduate, graduate student or young professional, these programs work to provide substantial funds to help you achieve your study abroad goals.

Fulbright Program 

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs around the globe. Fulbright grants are fully funded international exchange opportunities. 

Applicants include:

  • Recent graduates: Graduating seniors and recent bachelor’s-degree recipients have some undergraduate preparation and/or direct work or internship experience related to the project.
  • Master's and doctoral candidates: Graduate-level candidates must demonstrate the capacity for independent study or research, together with a general knowledge of the history, culture and current events of the countries to which they are applying.
  • Young professionals: Candidates include writers, creative and performing artists, journalists, and those in law, business and other professional fields. Competitive candidates who have up to five years of professional study and/or experience in the field in which they are applying will be considered.

For more information, visit us.fulbrightonline.org or contact Mikay Elliott (melliott@western.edu). 

Gilman Scholarship

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic prosperity.

The Gilman Scholarship Program broadens the student population that studies and interns abroad by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints. The program aims to encourage students to study and intern in a diverse array of countries or areas and world regions. The program also encourages students to study languages, especially critical need languages (those deemed important to national security). Veterans of military service are encouraged to apply, and preference is given to veterans when other factors are equivalent. By supporting undergraduate students who have high financial need, the program has been successful in supporting students who have been historically underrepresented in education abroad.

Scholarships are up to $5,000 with an additional $3,000 available for the Critical Need Language Award.

To be eligible for a Gilman Scholarship, an applicant must be:

  • A United States citizen.
  • An undergraduate student in good standing at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States (including both two-year and four-year institutions).
  • Receiving a Federal Pell Grant during the time of application or provide proof that they will be receiving a Pell Grant during the term of their study abroad program or internship.
  • In the process of applying to, or accepted for, a study abroad or internship program of at least two weeks for community college students and three weeks for students from four-year institutions, in a single country or area and eligible for credit from the student’s home institution. Proof of program acceptance is required prior to award disbursement.

For more information, visit www.gilmanscholarship.org or contact Mikay Elliott (melliott@western.edu).

To view other scholarship opportunities, please navigate to our Study Away homepage and view the scholarships tab.