Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship


The Gilman Scholarship offers grants for students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. Such international exchange is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need.


  • Fall semester or academic year programs: March.
  • Spring semester programs: October.
  • Summer programs: Early application due October; Regular application due March.

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. citizenship.
  • Undergraduate student in good standing at UB (can be in any major).
  • Currently receive a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that you will receive a Pell Grant, during the term of your study abroad.
  • Be in the process of applying to or be accepted for a study abroad or internship program of at least three weeks in a single country that is eligible for credit at UB.
  • Plan to study in a country that is not on the U.S. Department of State’s list of travel warnings.

How to Apply

Students must complete the online application on the foundation website, including the following two essays:

  1. A statement of purpose.
  2. An essay that details a follow-on service project that will be completed upon return to the U.S., to promote international education and the Gilman Scholarship.

The application will be verified electronically by a UB study abroad advisor and financial aid advisor after submission.

Campus Liaison

Megan Stewart

Past Award Recipients at UB

Year Name Award Field(s) of Study Hometown Study Abroad Country
2020 Rebecca Dingle
Recipient Asian Studies and Linguistics East Amherst, NY South Korea
2020 Angelika Gonzalez Alternate Social Science Interdisciplinary     Bronx, NY United Kingdom
2020 Daniel Ansah
Alternate     France
2019 Alexandria Iadanza Recipient Global Gender Studies Buffalo, NY Netherlands
2019 Cathleen Chau Recipient Psychology Brooklyn, NY Japan
2019 Abid Hossain Recipient Sociology Jamaica, NY China
2019 Charlotte Kuhl Recipient Environmental Engineering Buffalo, NY United Kingdom
2019 Ramzy Abu-Ramadan Recipient Mechanical Engineering Fayetteville, NY Germany
2019 Samuel Coniglio Recipient Asian Studies Buffalo, NY Japan
2019 Sergio Smith Recipient
Mathematics Buffalo, NY China
2019 Kelly Luo Alternate Nursing New York, NY Spain
2019 Sukarna Das Alternate Social Science Interdisciplinary Hicksville, NY Ghana
2018 Kellen Corrallo Recipient Classics and French Lockport, NY France
2018 Shatoni Ross Recipient Chemical Engineering Charlotte, NC United Kingdom
2018 Sarah Wagner Recipient Environmental Engineering Elmira, NY France
2018 Yi Zheng Alternate Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering New York, NY Singapore
2018 Robert Cordova Alternate Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Port Chester, NY France
2017 Olayemi Akingboye Recipient Media Study Garden City, NY  Japan
2017 Kelly Aldinger Recipient Spanish Alden, NY Peru
2017 Ramon Capellan Recipient Architecture Brooklyn, NY Spain
2017 Wanly Chen Recipient Communication and Media Study Elmhurst, NY Singapore
2017 Michael Paraszczak Recipient Architecture Syracuse, NY Spain
2017 Michael Pilgrom Recipient Psychology Buffalo, NY United Kingdom
2017 Brandon Reilly Recipient French Macedon, NY France
2017 Melissa Sotelo Recipient Architecture White Plains, NY Spain
2017 Kenneth Thomas
Recipient Economics Warwick, NY Singapore
2017 Katie Richardson Alternate Business Administration Kendall, NY Singapore
2016 Alexander Schwartz Recipient Electrical Engineering Sunnyvale, CA France
2016 Jennifer Walker Recipient Linguistics   Japan
2015 Clarissa Cardarelli Recipient Social Science Interdisciplinary Orchard Park, NY Senegal
2015 Dean Dixon Recipient Computer Science Buffalo, NY Japan
2015 Amanda Jones Recipient Psychology Queens Village, NY South Korea
2015 Stacy Liang Recipient Anthropology and Chemistry Brooklyn, NY Turkey
2015 Janice Lin Recipient Business Administration Elmhurst, NY Singapore
2015 Lucas Rugar Recipient Civil Engineering New Fairfield, CT South Africa
2015 Maria Pollack Recipient Biological Sciences East Amherst, NY Spain
2015 Suzan Akpinar Recipient Political Science Richmond, VA United Arab Emirates
2015 Fiona Zhu Recipient Psychology Brooklyn, NY South Korea
2014 Samah Asfour Recipient Global Gender Studies and Political Science Buffalo, NY France
2014 John Costello Recipient     Spain
2014 Jalonda Hill Recipient Psychology Buffalo, NY Ghana
2014 Michelle Visser Recipient Biological Sciences Victor, NY Peru
2014 Jaspreet Kaur Recipient     Vietnam
2013 Drew Glover Recipient Social Science Interdisciplinary Kenmore, NY China
2013 Aquilla Hines Recipient Social Science Interdisciplinary Brooklyn, NY United Kingdom
2013 Rajesh Kumar Recipient Business Administration Niagara Falls, NY United Kingdom
2013 Daniel O’donohue Recipient Social Science Interdisciplinary Wurstoboro, NY Japan
2013 Giovanny Pagan Recipient Media Study Rochester, NY Spain
2013 Franklin Pichardo Recipient Political Science Bronx, NY Thailand
2013 Jack Zhang Alternate Environmental Geosciences   China
2012 Michelle Morgan Recipient Sociology Cheektowaga, NY United Kingdom
2012 Lindsey Newton Recipient Special Studies and Linguistics North Tonawanda, NY Japan
2012 William Ng Recipient Business Administration New York, NY China
2012 Jacob Nosbisch Recipient Chemical Engineering Cheektowaga, NY France
2012 William Wheeler Recipient Computer Science Elma, NY Japan
2012 Sarah Spriggs Recipient Linguistics Buffalo, NY India
2012 Laura Emmons Recipient Economics and Social Sciences Interdisciplinary   Italy
2012 Suzanne Starr Alternate History Amherst, NY Poland