GILMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Such international study is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. This congressionally funded program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and is administered by the Institute of International Education.
The Gilman Scholarship Program broadens the student population that studies abroad by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints. The program aims to encourage students to choose non-traditional study abroad destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe and Australia. The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to support students who have been traditionally under-represented in study abroad, including but not limited to, students with high financial need, community college students, students in under-represented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities. The program seeks to assist students from a diverse range of public and private institutions from all 50 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico.
Award recipients are chosen by a competitive selection process and must use the award to defray eligible study abroad costs (including program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance and international airfare).
IMPORTANT APPLICATION INFORMATION AND DEADLINE:
The Fall application cycle is for study abroad programs beginning between July 15 and October 15. The fall cycle encompasses fall semester, quarter and academic year study abroad programs that are a minimum of 28 days in length. These applications are due by early April.
The Spring application cycle is for programs beginning between December 15 and April 15. This cycle encompasses spring semester, quarter, calendar year, winter inter-session and January term programs that are a minimum of 28 days in length. These applications are due by early October.
May-term or Summer-only study abroad programs are not eligible. If your study abroad program begins immediately prior to or after the dates above, contact the Gilman International Scholarship Program at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Dr. James M. Calcagno, Fellowship Director
Professor, Department of Anthropology
Sullivan Hall 285
Loyola University Chicago
TIPS FROM DR. C.:
- Successful applications require considerable work, so start your application as early as possible, preferably at least 2 months before the deadline. Prepare and leave time to write multiple drafts (perhaps 3-4) of your essays, which are critical to successful applications. Be sure to think about how you can fulfill the mission of the organization when writing your essays.
- In addition to the Fellowship Office, be sure that the Study Abroad Office and the Office of International Programs is aware of your plan to apply, and seek their assistance in this process as well. Also contact your potential references as soon as possible to give them time to write your letters, and ask them to review and comment upon your essays.
- Compared to most scholarship applications, the Gilman is relatively straightforward and not very difficult. However, all national awards are highly competitive, so be sure to allow enough time to prepare an excellent application. No matter how good your record may be, you need to express yourself well and produce an impressive application to earn an award.