Purpose

Established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000, the Gilman Scholarship aims to diversify and expand participation in international study by supporting undergraduate students who have been traditionally underrepresented in study abroad, including students with high financial need, community college students, students in underrepresented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, students with disabilities, and students of nontraditional age.

Eligibility

The Gilman Scholarship is open to all US 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 4 weeks in one country. Programs going to more than one country are eligible if the student will be studying in one country for at least 4 weeks.

 The applicant is studying abroad in any country except Cuba or a country on the State Department’s current travel warning list.

Selection Criteria

The Gilman Scholarship Program 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 abroad programs worldwide.

The Gilman scholarship aims to support a diverse range of students who have been traditionally under-represented in study abroad, including but not limited to:

 Student with high financial need

 Students studying in non-traditional countries, especially those outside of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand

 Students with diverse ethnic backgrounds

 Students from a diverse range of institutions including four-year, public, private, community colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges, Hispanic Serving Institutions and other Minority Serving Institutions.

 Students with disabilities

Award

Awards of up to $5,000 are made for up to one academic year of undergraduate study abroad.

Fall 2011 and Summer 2011 Timeline

 Online applications available in January 2011

 Student deadline for online application is March 1, 2011

 Postmark deadline for official transcripts March 4, 2011

 Advisor deadline is March 8, 2011

 Complete applications are processed and distributed to selection panels for review March/April 2011

 All applicants are notified of their application via email. Award Recipients must accept/decline their award and send in required documentation May/June 2011

Spring 2012 Timeline (Dates TBD)

 Online Applications available early August, 2011

 Student Deadline for application is early October, 2011

 Postmarked Deadline for official transcripts is October, 2011

 Advisor Deadline for materials is mid October, 2011

 Complete applications are processed and distributed to selection panels for review October/November 2011

 All applicants are notified of their application via email early December 2011

 Award Recipients must accept/decline their award and send in required documentation mid December 2011.

Scholarship Website:http://www.iie.org/gilman