What is the Gilman International Scholarship Program?
Nationally competitive award granted to around 2,300 scholarships each year.
Over 195 GVSU students have been awarded a Gilman Scholarship.
Applicants have approximately a 20-25% chance of receiving a Gilman Scholarship.
2 Annual Deadlines
Cycle 1 First Tuesday in October 2020: Programs that start February* 2021- December 2021
Cycle 2 First Tuesday in March 2021: Programs that start May 2021-April 2022
** Applicants can apply twice! ** If not awarded the scholarship for Cycle 1, get a second chance in Cycle 2 if your *entire* program falls within the start dates!
NOTE: Due to COVID-19, it is possible that eligible start dates will be postponed beyond January 2021. Also, at least through 2021, recipients will be allowed to participate in virtual study abroad programs.
THE APPLICATION PORTAL FOR 2021 PROGRAMS WILL GO LIVE IN LATE AUGUST 2020.
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; with no conduct violations). Spring/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.
OR — dependent child of an active duty military member(s) during the time of application. Parent/guardian must serve in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy, or Coast Guard. Applicant must currently receive any type of Title IV federal financial aid. Study abroad program must meet all other Gilman eligibility. The Gilman-McCain Scholarship uses the same application as the Gilman Scholarship.
- 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.
At present, Gilman recipients cannot use their funds/commence study abroad programs until --AT THE EARLIEST-- late JANUARY 2021. The State Department is providing regular updates regarding the impacts of COVID-19 on opportunities to intern and study abroad.
Not sure about your study abroad plans? Visit the Padnos International Center, 130 Lake Ontario Hall