Gilman International Scholarship Available

Summer 2016 and Fall/AY 2016-17 Application Now Open

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is pleased to announce that the Summer 2016 & Fall/AY 2016-2017 application is now available online for students to access. Applications are due March 1, 2016 by 11:59pm (Central Time) and the certifying advisor deadline is March 8.


For an application to be complete, students will need to have their application certified by both 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. Summer applicants will be notified in late April and Fall/AY 2016-2017 applicants will be notified in late May.

Gilman staff will be hosting webinars to assist advisors. Please feel free to join us for any of the following by clicking on the link below to register: 

You are also welcome to join the Gilman Program for any applicant webinars offered. All webinars are scheduled in central time.

For more information about the Gilman Scholarship, webinar schedules, and other helpful resources please visit the Gilman Scholarship website. We look forward to awarding our next round of Gilman Scholars!

Gilman Web Symposiums

We invite you to engage in the Gilman Program's third Web Symposium Series for the 2015-2016 academic year. These online forums, moderated by Gilman staff members, bring together experts in their fields, to discuss relevant topics for international higher education. We also emphasize student perspective by bringing on Gilman Scholars to share on their experience abroad related to the topic.

We hope you can join us and encourage students to attend as well. The remaining web symposium topics include:

  • February: Supporting Non-Traditional Students to Study & Intern Abroad
  • March: International Exchange Opportunities for Students with Disabilities
  • May: Career-Oriented Internship Opportunities Abroad
  • July: Studying & Interning in China and the Americas

Recordings of previous web symposiums are available on our website.  Please email us at if you are interested in collaborating on future topics.

2016 International Academic Partnership Program: Brazil

In recent years, Brazil has grown to become one of the top destinations for international academic exchange. With the momentum built from the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program, Brazil is poised to increase institutional linkages with U.S. institutions, offering opportunities for the full range of collaborative activities such as faculty exchange, student exchange, study abroad, service learning, joint research, or joint conferences. The Institute of International Education (IIE)’s partnership program with Brazil provides comprehensive training for U.S. higher education institutions to develop a campus-wide strategy for partnering with Brazilian institutions and a week-long study tour to Brazil organized in partnership with the Fulbright Commission in Brazil. 

IIE’s Center for International Partnerships is pleased to announce the final call for applications to participate in the 2016 International Academic Partnership Program focusing on Brazil. The deadline to apply is January 22, 2016. All types of U.S. higher education institutions are encouraged to apply.

2016 Goldberg IIE Prize: Call for Nominations

IIE is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the annual Victor J. Goldberg IIE Prize for Peace in the Middle East. The prize recognizes outstanding work being conducted jointly by two individuals, one Israeli Jew and one Arab Muslim, whether or not a citizen of Israel, working together to advance the cause of peace in the Middle East. The two individuals whose work is judged to be most successful in bringing people together and braeking down the barriers of hatred will share a $10,000 prize.

To be eligible for the Prize, at least one of the nominated individuals must be an alumna/us of any program administered by IIE, or any exchange program funded by any of IIE's sponsors and administered by another organization. Nominations are due by February 1, 2016. For more information on the Goldberg IIE Prize for Peace in the Middle East, visit

IIE Relaunches Freeman Awards
for Study in Asia

Starting February 1, 2016, students demonstrating financial need and limited prior experience in East and Southeast Asia can submit an application for the Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA). IIE is pleased to announce the relaunch of Freeman-ASIA, made possible by generous support from the Freeman Foundation. Freeman-ASIA will fund approximately 400 students over the next two academic years, with awards ranging from $3,000 per student for summer study and $5,000 per semester, to a maximum of $7,000 for a full year abroad.  

The Freeman-ASIA relaunch is the latest of several steps IIE has taken to increase the number and diversity of Americans studying abroad and their study destinations. Studying in Asia before graduating can give students a competitive advantage in their professional careers, especially when collaborating with international peers. More than half of Freeman-ASIA alumni report being employed in a position related to Asian affairs or requiring knowledge of an Asian language. As more employers seek new hires with meaningful and substantive experience in Asia, it is critical that more Americans learn about and engage with Asian economies, political systems and cultures. 

Student application deadlines:

  • Summer 2016 programs - March 1, 2016
  • Fall/Academic Year 2016-2017 programs - April 1, 2016

For more information on the Freeman-ASIA awards, please visit

IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad 2016:

Call for Proposals

Mark your calendar for the IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad slated for October 23-25, 2016 in Washington, DC! Building on last year's popular interactive sessions and networking opportunities, the 2016 IIE Summit aims to go beyond the traditional panel format - to engage participants in hands-on learning and outside of the box thinking - by exploring innovative actions plans, exchanging effective tools and experimenting with new approaches to further advance our mutual goal.

IIE welcomes proposals for one of the following interactive formats:

  • Think Tanks
  • LearningLabs
  • SummitTalks
  • Panel Sessions

Proposals should reflect the spirit of innovation across the following themes:
Theme 1: New Study Abroad Models and Marketing Directions
Theme 2: Forging New Partnerships to Advance your Pledge
Theme 3: Commitments that Work: Learning from Innovative Solutions (and Failures)
Theme 4: Making the Case for Study Abroad: Using Data to Promote Study Abroad and Change Perceptions

The IIE Summit will result in the sharing of ideas, research and practices that encourage new ways of approaching study abroad. Participants will walk away with a strong network of partners and with specific resources to help them reach their commitments. 

Proposal Submission Deadline: February 16, 2016
View more information about submitting a proposal on the Generation Study Abroad website.

Resources for Gilman Scholarship Applicants

Tap into Gilman Scholarship Program resources for applicants during this open application cycle!  In addition to the FAQ pages for applicants and advisors, the Gilman Program provides informational videos on Transcripts, Composing Competitive Essays, an Online Application Walk-through and a Gilman Program Overview.  Advisors and applicants are encouraged to stay informed by subscribing to the Gilman Applicant Newsletter.  Further information on Essays and Applicant Tips can be found on the Application Process page of the Gilman website.

Be sure to check out the Gilman Program's newest Advisor Tips video on what to write about in your Gilman Scholarship essays!

The Gilman Advisor Portal

Be sure to take full advantage of all the resources the Gilman Advisor Portal offers to advisors! Requests for Gilman promotional materials must be made in your Gilman advisor portal under the Outreach tab. You can request up to 100 brochures and 10 posters, as well as find email templates to send to students about the Gilman Scholarship Program. If you have study abroad fairs or presentation opportunities coming up, let us know! Subject to availability, we are happy to identify a Gilman alumni or staff member who may be available to attend your event.

Additionally, advisors can sign up to serve as a Gilman Selection Panelist by completing the Selection Panel Interest form under the Outreach tab. Selection panelists are vital to the success of the Gilman Program. As a panelist, advisors gain more insight into the Gilman Scholarship selection process, helping to provide even better feedback to students on campus who apply.

Finally, you can review all of your institution's current and past Gilman recipients, applicants, and active Gilman advisors by visiting the appropriate tabs within the Advisor Portal. If you see an advisor listed who you know is no longer with your institution, please let us know. Updating this information will ensure that inactive advisors no longer appear for students to select in their application and can help eliminate confusion as students complete their applications. All new advisors need to register their advisor account through our portal.  Once they submit their registration they will get an email back from us letting them know when they are activated in our system. 

Gilman Staff Contact Information 

Meet your Gilman Institutional Relations and Outreach Officers, Randi Butler and Courtney Castillo! Randi works with advisors in the South and West regions of the United States, and Courtney works with advisors in the Northeast and Midwest. Not sure which region you're in? A breakdown by state can be found on our website. Please contact us with any questions regarding Gilman eligibility requirements, promoting Gilman on your campus, promotional materials, conference collaboration, workshops with program alumni and more.

South & West – Randi Butler, or 832.369.3483

Midwest & Northeast - Courtney Castillo, or 832.369.3487