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We want to hear directly from YOU about the impact of the Gilman Program – so this summer, the U.S. Department of State is surveying eligible Gilman Scholars about their study abroad experiences.  To be eligible to participate in the survey, you must have studied abroad between Fall 2002-Summer 2011 and your profile, including your contact information, must be up to date on the International Exchange Alumni website.   Register for an account as an alumnus of the “Gilman, Benjamin A Scholarship Program,” from the drop down menu or log in to update your profile by May 31 so that the State Department can send you the survey. 
The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs sponsors the Gilman Program and your responses will help us learn how we can make improvements.  Thanks and we hope to hear from you!

As a Gilman Scholar abroad in Ghana in 2009, Sally Nuamah was inspired by her research on progressive educational policies past post-colonialism effects on current female students in Ghana.  Using her research findings, Sally recently gave a TEDx talk at the University of Illinois at Chicago on the importance of the education of females.  Watch her TEDx Talk below:

As part of her research in Ghana, Sally interviewed over thirty students, professors and people from non-governmental and governmental organizations. Given that this is an area that had not been previously explored much, it is her hope that this study may be utilized to enable more women to stay in school and take on more influential roles in the workings of the country.  In addition to her coursework at the University of Ghana , the opportunity to conduct this research as a Gilman Scholar, increased her understanding of public policy issues in a more global context.

The Gilman Scholarship Program applauds Sally for her tireless effort in researching and communicating this important information and we are very proud of her accomplishments thus far!

Congratulations to the Summer 2013 Gilman Scholarship Recipients!

The Gilman Scholarship Program offered over 700 scholarships for Summer 2013.  We would like to congratulate these recent recipients for joining the ranks of our accomplished Gilman alumni.  You can view the list of recently selected recipients on the Gilman website.  Bon voyage and best wishes abroad!
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Connect with us

We hope that current Gilman Scholars abroad will connect with other Gilman recipients in their host country through the Gilman Scholarship LinkedIn Alumni Group.  Through LinkedIn, Gilman recipients can share stories and academic and professional development opportunities with one another.

Gilman Scholars Abroad Attend Special Events in Latin America

Gilman Scholars in Argentina Meet with U.S. Ambassador Vilma Martinez

Twelve Gilman Scholars studying abroad in Argentina met with U.S. Ambassador Vilma Martinez in Buenos Aires.  The students also had the opportunity to talk with Political and Cultural Officers at the Embassy and tour the Chief of Mission Residence.  One of the Gilman Scholars, Jose Orozco, commented it was remarkable experience, noting that "as an American citizen of Mexican immigrants, listening to her anecdote about overcoming obstacles because of her similar background was incredibly enriching."  Jose added, "visiting the Ambassador's residence made me feel proud to be a citizen of this country and it made me feel more patriotic than ever."  We would like to thank the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires for continuing their tradition of inviting Gilman Scholars in Argentina to meet U.S. Embassy Officials.
Gilman Scholars speak at U.S. - Brazil Academic Partnership Roundtable Discussion in São Paulo 

In addition to administering scholarships such as the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, the Institute of International Education (IIE) is also a leader in fostering international partnerships between higher education institutions in the U.S. and other countries. From May 5 – 10, a group of 24 U.S. college and university administrators and faculty, who are participating in IIE’s International Academic Partnership Program (IAPP), traveled to Brazil on a partnership-focused study tour. Starting in São Paulo, the group visited Campinas, Recife, Salvador, and Brasília as well. 
While the São Paulo, Gilman Scholars Tyler Olson and Jessica Hazlett joined the IAPP participants and 
Brazilian university counterparts for a U.S. – Brazil Academic Partnership Roundtable discussion.  Jessica and Tyler spoke enthusiastically to the group about their experiences taking part in U.S. – Brazil academic exchange, citing enormous growth from their time at a Brazilian universities.  Both have gained fluency in the Portuguese language and all of their classes and coursework are taught in Portuguese.  Jessica and Tyler also talked about the importance of the Gilman Scholarship and how it was crucial to their experience abroad.

Gilman Alumni Ambassadors serve as official representatives of the program, providing presentations and promotional outreach to university and college campuses around the nation, at regional and national conferences, and through Gilman webinars.  Diverse in their backgrounds, current locations, and previous study abroad destinations, the selected Gilman Alumni Ambassadors reflect the diversity of the entire program and will help expand nationwide outreach efforts.
Gilman Alumni Ambassador Isthier Chaudhury recently had the opportunity to represent the Gilman Scholarship Program in Chicago.  Read about his experience below:
At a workshop to inform educators and study abroad advisors about the Gilman Scholarship Program, I delivered a presentation on the impact the Gilman Scholarship has had on my life thus far. The workshop coincided with the The Forum of Education Abroad Annual Conference, so I was able to speak and interact with advisors from across the country and from a variety of academic institutions.  Preparing my presentation was a rewarding experience of reflecting on how the Gilman Scholarship helped shape who I am and the opportunities that have opened up since my return to the U.S.A. After presenting my own unique program arrangement as an engineering study abroad student who studied Chinese for a whole year, I was pleased to share my advice with advisors on how to make study abroad possible without being completely fettered by rigorous engineering curricula. I gained deeper insight into the problems advisors face in persuading students to go abroad and the questions they have about applying for the scholarship.

I also represented the Gilman Scholarship Program at a Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board meeting in Chicago this past month.  Prior to the public discussion regarding the Fulbright Program, there was an Exchanges Fair open to students interested in learning about study abroad scholarships and applying their study abroad experience to jobs at the State Department. It was energizing to be around so many students motivated to go abroad, and offer them help along the way with information about the Gilman Scholarship. Several officials from the State Department, including Ann Stock,the Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, came by to offer their praise for the Gilman Scholarship Program, and to thank me for sharing my experience with future Gilman Scholars.

Serving as a Gilman Alumni Ambassador at these events has been a priceless experience. Learning about the challenges facing study abroad efforts in the modern day, working together with the enthusiastic people who tackle these challenges, and seeing the students that benefit from their efforts – these all serve as inspiration and a call-to-action to continue representing the Gilman Scholarship Program and sharing my experiences whenever the opportunity arises. I am grateful to the U.S. Department of State and IIE for giving me the chance to serve as an Alumni Ambassador and will certainly continue my outreach efforts in the future.

Learn more about the Gilman Alumni Ambassador program and view bios of our 2012 cohort here.

U.S. Department of State Opportunities

Diplomats in Residence

Have you thought about working as a Foreign Service Officer or in an embassy abroad?  Many Gilman Scholars are thinking ahead about how language skills may be applied to careers in international affairs.  As you think about your future, you may want to reach out to the Diplomats in Residence, who serve as regional recruiters for the Department of State.  These 16 senior Foreign Service Officers are posted to universities across the United States, and they can provide you up-to-date information on career paths into the Foreign Service or Civil Service.  You can identify your Diplomat in Residence by searching the map and stay connected by following U.S. Department of State Careers on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn.  You can also subscribe to receive email updates.

Follow the U.S. Department of State Careers on social media:

 Read the official Department of State Blog   Follow Careers@State on Facebook   Connect with Careers@State's LinkedIn profile   Follow Careers@State on Twitter    View Department of State videos on Youtube   View official DoS photos on Flickr

International Exchange Alumni

International Exchange Alumni is an online community for current and emerging leaders like you who have participated in U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs. The Gilman Program encourages you to join the community today and gain access to the alumni network and resources!

  • Connect with more than 100,000 global alumni already registered on the website
  • Access the $33 billion grants database with funding opportunities from organizations around the world.
  • Read–or listen to–current events and the latest academic research through the eLibrary of more than 20,000 publications
  • Search job and volunteer opportunities
  • Post an Alumni Update to share alumni-related news with your peers

Register for International Exchange Alumni at, by selecting Gilman, Benjamin A. Scholarship Program as your Exchange Program Name. To learn more about the website, check out this video!

Exchanges Connect

This website is an international online community managed by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs that connects potential, current, and former educational and cultural exchange program participants so that they can discuss application processes, programs, and living abroad.  We encourage you to join Exchanges Connect to network with fellow globally-minded students from around the world.

U.S. Fulbright Student Program

Application Deadline: October 15, 2013

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright Program is the largest U.S. international exchange program.  The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for recent college graduates, master's and doctoral candidates, and young professionals to complete one of the following:
  • An Individually designed study/research project in a foreign country
  • An English Teaching Assistantship abroad 
The number of grants available, as well as grant lengths and dates vary by country, so we recommend looking at country and region specific information for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  For more information, please refer to the program website.

Fulbright Public Policy Fellowships

Application Deadline: February 3, 2014

Fulbright Public Policy Fellowships provide grants and placements for recipients to serve in professional positions in foreign government ministries or institutions. For further details, please visit the program website.

Recent Returnee Reminders
We hope you enjoyed your time abroad!  We ask that recent returnees log in to the Alumni Portal and submit the following:
  1. Update Contact Information: Once you have completed your study abroad program, we ask that you update your contact information.  You may return to the Alumni Portal at any time to update your information.
  2. Recent Returnee Evaluation:  Gilman alumni are required to complete an online survey after the study abroad program has concluded. 
  3. Follow-on Service Project Report:  Gilman alumni are required to complete their Follow-on Service Projects and submit a 1-2 page report within 6 months of their return to the U.S.  Check out the Follow-on Service Project Guidelines before you submit the report.
  • ​We encourage you to submit links to online content (blogs, videos, and articles) into the portal
  • It is not necessary to email PowerPoint presentations or other proof of Follow-on Service Project completion     
Send us your photos:  We love to receive fabulous photos from our Gilman alumni and scholars!  If you would like to submit your photos from your study abroad experience, please follow these guidelines.  You may email your photos to  

We also encourage recent returnees to look at the Re-Entry Resources for Gilman Scholars publication, which offers resources for the Re-Entry process for students who have recently returned from abroad, as well as a list of further opportunities for Gilman Alumni.  Additionally, the Gilman Program hosts Re-Entry Webinars as an interactive method for helping recent returnees and expanding upon the information provided in the publication.  Check the Gilman website to see when the next webinars are scheduled.

If you have any questions about the above requirements, please contact Aileen O'Donnell at or 832-369-3496.

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