WCCCSA

Washington State Community College Consortium For Study Abroad

Gilman Scholarship

Posted by csvoboda On August - 6 - 2017

cropped-banner

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Who Should Apply?

The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are planning to study and intern abroad. The program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints.

Eligibility:
  • The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is open to all U.S. citizen undergraduates, in good academic standing, who meet the criteria listed below:
  • 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 his/her study abroad.
  • 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.
  • The applicant is studying abroad for at least 28 days in one country. Programs going to more than one country are eligible if the student will be studying in one country for at least 28 consecutive days.
  • The applicant is studying abroad in any country except Cuba or a country on the U.S. Department of State’s current Travel Warning list.

When to Apply?

The Gilman Scholarship Program accepts applications two times per year:

  • the first Tuesday of March for Spring and Summer programs
  • the first Tuesday of October for Academic Year, Fall, and Winter programs, as well as an early application option for Summer programs

 

Spring Timeline

The Spring application cycle is for study abroad 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 two weeks in length. (For students who study at a four-year school, the minimum is four weeks.)

Please be aware that the application deadline is in Central Time and take into consideration the applicable time difference as you prepare to submit your application.

 

August Online application opens for Spring 2015 study abroad programs and internships.
First Tuesday of October Student Deadline for submission of online application, including transcript(s). Must submit application by 11:59pm CDT (in Washington State, that’s 9:59pm).
The Following Monday 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.
Early December All Applicants are notified of the status of their application via email. Study Abroad and Financial Aid Advisors will be notified of scholarship recipients via email. A list of the recipients will be available on the Gilman website.
December/January Scholarship recipients must accept/decline their award and submit required documentation.

 

Fall and Academic Year Timeline

The Fall and Academic year application cycle is for study abroad programs beginning between July 15 and October 15. This cycle encompasses fall semester, quarter, academic year programs that are a minimum of two weeks in length (for students who study at a four-year school, the minimum is four weeks).

 

January Online application opens for Spring 2015 study abroad programs and internships.
First Tuesday of March Student Deadline for submission of online application, including transcript(s). Must submit application by 11:59pm CDT (in Washington State, that’s 9:59pm).
The Following Monday Advisor Deadline for submission of online Study Abroad Advisor and Financial Aid Advisor section.
March/April Complete Applications are processed and distributed to selection panels for review.
Late May All Applicants are notified of the status of their application via email. Study Abroad and Financial Aid Advisors will be notified of scholarship recipients via email. A list of the recipients will be available on the Gilman website.
June Scholarship recipients must accept/decline their award and submit required documentation.

Summer Timeline

The Summer application cycle is for study abroad programs beginning between May 1 and August 1 (that meet the program length minimum of two weeks) can apply to either or both summer application cycles outlined below. Depending on the student’s study abroad program students can determine the summer application cycle that best meets their timeline of notification.

All applicants are notified of the status of their application via email. Study abroad and financial aid advisors will be notified of scholarship recipients via email and will be able to view applicants and recipient statuses in their Gilman advisor account. A list of the awards offered will be available on the Gilman website. If an applicant for the summer early application is not selected, they may re-apply during the regular summer application cycle as long as they continue to meet the Gilman Scholarship Program’s eligibility criteria.

 

Summer Early Application Summer
Application Opens August Mid-January
Student Deadline to Submit First Tuesday of October First Tuesday of March
Advisor Deadline to Certify The Following Monday The Following Monday
Application Processing & Selection Panels
(Only eligible and complete applications will be considered.)
December/January March/April
Applicant Notification Late February Late April
Recipient Acceptance & Award Documentation February/March May

 

If you have any questions regarding your program start dates and when you should apply, please contact the Gilman Scholarship Program.

For more information check out the Gilman Scholarship website.

Program Sponsor

U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs