Gilman Scholarship Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 Early Application Now Open

The U.S. Department of State’s Gilman International Scholarship Program is pleased to announce that the application for students studying or interning abroad during the spring 2018 and summer 2018 terms is now available online.
Student application deadline:
October 3, 2017 by 11:59PM (CDT)
For an application to be complete, students will need to have their application certified online by a study abroad advisor and a financial aid advisor. Please encourage your students to apply before the deadline, as late applications will not be accepted. Spring applicants will be notified of their status November 2017, and summer applicants will be notified of their status late February 2018.

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Gilman Scholarship. We look forward to awarding our next round of Gilman Scholars!
The Gilman Program is excited to announce several new updates to our application.
Critical Need Language Award
Applicants who are studying a critical need language while abroad in a country in which the language is predominantly spoken can apply for a supplemental award of up to $3,000, for a combined total of $8,000. This award is competitive and offered to a limited number of Gilman scholars each year. In addition to receiving additional funds for language study, students who are awarded the Critical Need Language Award and complete their Gilman Scholarship requirements will be offered the opportunity to take the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OIP). This test and the results will serve as both an evaluation measure of the award and as a credential for the award recipient. To be considered for the Critical Need Language Award, a brief additional essay is required and can be submitted in the same Gilman application.

Some key points to keep in mind are:

  • Be sure that the language the student is studying while abroad is considered a Critical Need Language by the U.S. Department of State. You can see the list of Critical Need Languages here. Any other language study is not eligible for the Critical Need Language Award.
  • Be sure that the student is studying the Critical Need Language in a country where it is predominately spoken.
  • In the Critical Need Language Award application essay, the student will be asked to explain the level of intensity of their critical need language study while abroad and how the pursuit of this language relates to their academic and career goals.
3 Week Minimum
Gilman applicants must be 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 and eligible for credit from the student’s home institution. Proof of program acceptance is required prior to award disbursement.

Veteran Status
Students who are U.S. military veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans will be given preference during selection in cases where all other factors are equal.

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