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2 INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM GILMAN B E N J A M I N A. Sponsored by: U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Administered by: Institute of International Education (IIE)

3 Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program Administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE) Administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE) INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM GILMAN B E N J A M I N A.

4 Gilman Program Overview INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM GILMAN B E N J A M I N A. The Gilman International Scholarship Program diversifies the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go. The Gilman Program supports undergraduates who have high financial need and awards scholarships of up to $5,000 for study abroad for up to one academic year.

5 Eligibility Requirements INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM GILMAN B E N J A M I N A. Must be a U.S. citizen. Must be studying abroad for a minimum of four weeks in one country. 2 3 Must be receiving a Pell Grant. 4 Study Abroad Program must be approved for academic credit. 1

6 Eligibility Requirements (Cont.) INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM GILMAN B E N J A M I N A. Must be an undergraduate student in good academic standing Must be studying abroad during the fall, spring or academic year terms. Can study in any country other than one on the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Warning list or Cuba. Applications accepted twice a year, in April and October.

7 Gilman Scholarship Awards INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM GILMAN B E N J A M I N A. Awards up to $5,000 Average Award is $4,000 Limited Number of Critical Need Language Supplements Available

8 Critical Need Language Supplement INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM GILMAN B E N J A M I N A. Students who apply for and receive the Gilman Scholarship to study abroad are now eligible to receive an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement from the Gilman Program for a total possible award of up to $8,000. Applicants who are studying a “critical need language” while abroad will automatically be considered for the “Critical Need Language Supplement” award.

9 Critical Need Language Supplement (Cont.) INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM GILMAN B E N J A M I N A. “Critical Need Languages” Include: Arabic (all dialects); Chinese (all dialects); Turkic (Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Kyrgz, Turkish, Turkmen, Uzbek); Persian (Farsi, Dari, Kurdish, Pashto, Tajiki); Indic (Hindi, Urdu, Nepali, Sinhala, Bengali, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati, Sindhi); Korean; and Russian.

10 Preference Factors INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM GILMAN B E N J A M I N A. Non-traditional countries, those outside of Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand Study of “Critical Need Language” Longer length of study Diversity of student Type & diversity of Institution Potential for impact on the student Academic Progress & Performance

11 How to Apply: INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM GILMAN B E N J A M I N A. The Gilman Scholarship Application is only available online. Review application instructions and verify eligibility on the website at There are four components to the Gilman Scholarship Application: 1. Online student section; 2. Online study abroad advisor certification; 3. Online financial aid advisor certification; and 4. Three paper copies of the student's transcript(s). Consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section on the Gilman website for more information.

12 What goes into the application? INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM GILMAN B E N J A M I N A. Statement of Purpose Essay –Address the impact that your study abroad program will have on your academic, professional, and personal goals. –Also address the impact that receiving the Gilman Scholarship would have on your achievement of these goals. Follow-On Service Project Proposal –All Gilman Scholars are required to carry out a follow-on project upon their return from abroad that helps to promote international education and the Gilman International Scholarship. –This can be done on your home campus or in your local community and must be completed within six months of your return home. –Be mindful of: Target audience and message Method of presenting

13 Examples of Follow-On Service Projects INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM GILMAN B E N J A M I N A. K-12 Outreach Academic Department Outreach Campus Office Outreach (Admissions, Student Affairs, Multicultural and Service Organizations, etc.) Study Abroad Office Outreach Other (campus or hometown newspaper article, create website, working/volunteering, etc.)

14 What makes an application competitive? INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM GILMAN B E N J A M I N A. Meet many of the preference factors, especially country of destination. If studying in a traditional location, student should pay particular attention to addressing why the location is critical to their goals. Have well-written, coherent, thoughtful and proofread essays that address all questions. Essays should address the impact that their study abroad program will have on the student's academic, professional and personal goals. Have well-developed, creative, and achievable follow-on project statements.

15 Award Statistics: Regions of Destination INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM GILMAN B E N J A M I N A. Gilman Recipients Applicants Africa Asia 2775 Eastern Europe Latin America 3063 Middle East/N.Africa 00 North America Oceania Western Europe TOTAL Academic Year

16 Deadlines INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM GILMAN B E N J A M I N A. Early April for Fall and Academic Year Study Abroad Programs Early October for Spring Study Abroad Programs Check Gilman website at for exact deadlines each year

17 Questions & Discussion Gilman International Scholarship Institute of International Education 520 Post Oak Blvd., Ste. 740 Houston, TX ext. 25 INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM GILMAN B E N J A M I N A. Created Spring To inquire for new versions, please contact Gilman.

18 Other Study Abroad Resources INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM GILMAN B E N J A M I N A. The Gilman website provides numerous links to other study abroad resources on the Study Abroad Resources Page at Additional Resources on

19 INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM GILMAN B E N J A M I N A. Thank you for your time! Best of luck in your academic endeavors!


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