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. 

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. 


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.

ORdependent 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

Gilman Scholarship - Interest Form

After you complete the form, the Office of Fellowships will follow up with details on how to apply to the scholarship. You are required to work with the Office of Fellowships in order to apply for this scholarship. For more information email:

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Contact Information


Ready to Apply?

Applications must be certified by Office of Fellowships + Nick Bromley in Financial Aid

Visit our First Step & Drop-in Advising Hours

Padnos International Center, 130 Lake Ontario Hall

Wednesdays 4:00–7:00 p.m.

Only when Fall/Winter classes are in session.

Email for alternative options.

Program Overview

Gilman Scholarship

Link to Gilman Scholarship Application (opens c. August 31 for October; Jan 31 for March deadlines)