What is the Gilman International Scholarship Program?

Nationally competitive award granted to around 2,300 scholarships each year.

Over 190 GVSU students have been awarded a Gilman Scholarship.

Applicants have approximately a 25% chance of receiving a Gilman Scholarship. 

2 National Deadlines every year

Cycle 1    October 1, 2019:    Programs that start December 2019-October 2020

Cycle 2    March 3, 2020:       Programs that start May 2020-April 2021

** Applicants can apply twice! **  If not awarded the scholarship for Cycle 1, get a second chance in Cycle 2 if your program falls within the start dates!


Awards up to $5,000 (Students in intensive language programs in Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bahasa/Indonesian, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish or Urdu can receive an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Award). 

Gilman Alumni are eligible for Noncompetitive Eligibility (NCE)—a special hiring priority for Federal Employment

Am I eligible?

- I am a U.S. citizen.

-  I am a GVSU undergraduate in good standing (not on probation). Summer Applicants can walk at April graduation but their degree cannot be conferred until after they complete their study abroad program.

-  I am eligible for the Pell Grant.   Not sure?  Ask GVSU Financial Aid Office.

ORdependent child of an active duty military member(s) during the time of application. Must be in one of the following branches: Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy, or Coast Guard. You must be receiving any type of Title IV federal financial aid, and meet all other Gilman eligibility. This will make you eligible for the Gilman-McCain Scholarship— but it is the SAME GILMAN APPLICATION.

- I am planning to study/intern abroad for at least 21 days.

- My host site has an overall Travel Advisory Level 1 or 2, according to the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Advisory System

NOTE:   Certain areas within Level 1 or 2 countries may be designated as either “Do not travel to” (Level 4) or “Reconsider travel to” (Level 3) locations. Students will not be allowed to travel to these areas. This is especially true for some programs in Mexico, where travel warning levels vary by state.

Not sure about your study abroad plans? Visit the Padnos International Center, 130 Lake Ontario Hall

Ready to Apply? Students Must Work with the Office of Fellowships

Visit our First Step & Drop-in Advising Hours

Padnos International Center, 130 Lake Ontario Hall

Wednesdays 5:00–7:00 p.m.

Only when Fall/Winter classes are in session.

Email fellowships@gvsu.edu for alternative options.

Program Overview

Gilman Scholarship Tips for Applicants

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