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Gilman Scholarship

Contents:

Program Objectives
Application Deadlines & Timeline
Eligibility
Contact IIE

This program offers a competition for awards for study abroad, for US citizen students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university.

This congressionally funded program is offered through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and is administered by the Institute of International Education. Selected by competition, recipients are awarded up to $5000 to defray the costs associated with studying abroad.

Program Objectives:

Financial Need: Expand Opportunities for study abroad for students whose demonstrated financial need might otherwise preclude them from such an experience.

Diversity of Participants: Encourage participation by a diverse, gender-balanced student population, including diverse ethnic groups, people with physical challenges, non-traditional students, and other underrepresented populations.

Fields of Study: Encourage participation by students in a broad range of fields of study, including those not traditionally represented in study abroad.

Country Distribution: Encourage participation in a wide range of countries, including non-traditional study abroad locations.

US Institution and State Distribution: Encourage participation by a wide variety of two-year and four year institutions from a diverse range of U.S. States, including those not traditionally represented in study abroad.

Previous Experience Abroad: Encourage participation by students who have not studied abroad.

Contact:

Gilman International Scholarship Program
Institute of International Education
515 Post Oak Blvd., Suite 150
Houston, TX 77027-9407

Tel: (713) 621-6300 ext. 25
Toll Free: (888) 887-5939 ext. 25
Fax: (713) 621-0876

E-mail: gilman@iie.org
Website: http://www.iie.org/gilman/

Application Deadlines and Timeline:

Study Abroad Beginning:   Student Application Due:
Fall/Academic Year   April 4
Spring   September 19
Summer   N/A*

* The Gilman Scholarship does not have a summer award cycle. Please consult the scholarships page for other study abroad scholarship opportunities.

Notes:
There are four sections to the Gilman Scholarship application: 1) Online Student Section, 2) Online Study Abroad Advisor Section, 3) Online Financial Aid Advisor Section and 4) Official University Transcript-Sent via U.S. mail. Your application is not considered complete until all sections are completed by the stated deadlines. It is your responsibility as an applicant to ensure that advisors are aware of and complete their portion of your application by the stated advisor deadlines. Please consult the Timeline below for more information. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Advisors will receive their portions of your application via email immediately after you submit the online student portion. It is your responsibility as an applicant to ensure that you obtain and enter in valid, working email addresses and contact information for both advisors. The Gilman Scholarship is not responsible for incorrect email addresses.

Timeline for Study in Fall 2005/Academic Year 2005-2006:

The Fall 2005 cycle is for programs beginning between July 15 and October 15, 2005. The fall cycle encompasses fall semester, quarter and academic year study abroad programs that are a minimum of four weeks in length. Summer-only study abroad programs are not eligible. If your study abroad program begins immediately prior to or after these dates please contact the Gilman Program at gilman@iie.org.

Mid-January 2005   Online Application available for Fall 2005/AY 2005-2006 cycle.
April 4, 2005   Student Deadline for submission of online application.
April 7, 2005   Postmark Deadline for official, university undergraduate transcript/s. All applicants must submit three copies of their official transcript from the institution where they are currently enrolled and their most recently attended transfer institution, if applicable.
April 7, 2005   Advisor Deadline for submission of online Study Abroad Advisor and Financial Aid Advisor section.
April, 2005   Complete Applications are processed and distributed to selection panels for review.
Mid-May, 2005   All Applicants are notified of the status of their application via email. Study Abroad and Financial Aid advisors will be notified of scholarship recipients only via email.
June 15, 2003   Award Recipients must accept/decline their award and send in required documentation.

Timeline for Study in Spring 2006:

The Spring 2006 cycle is for programs beginning between December 15, 2005 and April 15, 2006. This cycle encompasses spring semester, quarter, calendar year, winter inter-session and January term programs that are a minimum of four weeks in length. May-term or Summer-only study abroad programs are not eligible. If your study abroad program begins immediately prior to or after these dates please contact the Gilman Program staff at gilman@iie.org.

Mid-July 2005   Online Application available for Spring 2006 cycle.
September 19, 2005   Student Deadline for submission of online application.
September 22, 2005   Postmark Deadline for official, university undergraduate transcript. Applicants must submit three copies of their undergraduate transcript from their current university and and most recently attended transfer institution, if applicable.
September 22, 2005   Advisor Deadline for submission of online Study Abroad Advisor and Financial Aid Advisor section.
October/November   Complete Applications are processed and distributed to selection panels for review.
Late November   All Applicants are notified of the status of their application via email. Study Abroad and Financial Aid advisors will be notified of scholarship recipients only via email.
December 15, 2005   Award Recipients must accept/decline their award and send in required documentation.

Eligibility:

To be eligible for a Gilman International Scholarship, an applicant must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. The applicant is a citizen of the United States. (Permanent Residents of the United States are not eligible.)
  2. The applicant must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of their study abroad.
  3. The applicant is applying to or has been accepted into a study abroad program eligible for credit by the student's accredited institution of higher education in the U.S.
  4. The applicant is studying abroad for at least 4 weeks in one country. Programs going to more than one country are eligible if the student will be studying one country for at least 4 weeks.
  5. The applicant is studying abroad in any country except Cuba or a country on the State Department's current Travel Warning list.
  6. The applicant is studying in the fall, spring, or academic year terms including winter inter-sessions. Summer only programs are not eligible.

If you are unsure about your eligibility status, please consult our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for Students or Advisors, or contact gilman@iie.org.

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