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Early Application Summer 2017 Gilman Awards Announced!
The U.S. Department of State's Gilman International Scholarship Program is pleased to announce the awards offered to U.S. undergraduates who applied early for Summer 2017. Notifications have been sent via email to all applicants. 

The Gilman Scholarship Program reviewed over 800 early applications for summer programs, and nearly 300 outstanding students were offered awards to participate in credit-bearing study abroad programs and career-oriented internships in countries all around the world.

We would like to send a special thank you to the selection panelists who traveled to the Institute of International Education's (IIE) Houston and Washington D.C. offices to review the applications, and to all the educators who continue to promote the Gilman Scholarship and support their students in education abroad and international exchange experiences.

Visit the Gilman website at to view a list of selected recipients. Login to the Gilman Advisor Portal at to view award amounts offered to students and the status of all applicants at your institution.
The U.S. Department of State’s Gilman International Scholarship Program is pleased to announce that the application for students studying or interning abroad during the summer 2017 and academic year 2017/2018 is now available online. 
Student application deadline: 
March 7, 2017 by 11:59pm (CST)

Certification deadline for advisors: 
March 14, 2017 by 11:59pm (CDT)
For an application to be complete, students will need to have their application certified online by 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 of their status April 2017, and fall/academic year applicants will be notified of their status May 2017. Students who were not selected for the early application for summer 2017 may reapply by the March 7 deadline.

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!

With support from a new partnership with Airbnb, the U.S. Department of State sent additional U.S. undergraduate students to China this academic year to pursue studies.  The selected students received scholarships through the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, which enables undergraduates of limited financial means to study or intern abroad.

Thanks to this unique partnership, the selected students have been able to gain new perspectives and skills, including how to adapt to different environments, work with a diverse team of peers, and communicate with speakers of other languages – tools that will enable them to thrive in the global economy.
Do you know how many students at your college or university will study abroad before graduation? In the U.S. fewer than 10% of students will study abroad, and only 26% of those students are from underrepresented groups. The Institute of International Education's Generation Study Abroad campaign seeks to address this through mobilizing and supporting higher education institutions to greatly increase the number of students who go abroad. Over 400 colleges and universities across the U.S. have made a commitment. There is no fee for joining, and by making an institutional commitment you will gain access to a network of partners, resources for growing study abroad and access to scholarships for students. The deadline to join is March 1, 2017. @genstudyabroad

Gilman Advisor Toolkit

The Gilman Program now offers a free toolkit of resources for advisors to utilize in their promotion of Gilman on campus. Access printable flyers, a Gilman advisor email-signature image, logo use guidelines, and more! 
Visit the Gilman Scholarship website to access these and other resources.
IIE's Heiskell Awards showcase the most innovative and successful models for internationalizing the campus, study abroad, and international partnership programs in practice today, with a particular emphasis on initiatives that remove institutional barriers and broaden the base of participation in study abroad and promote international teaching and learning on campus.

IIE will present the awards at a ceremony in Miami, Florida on March 14, 2017 as part of its annual Best Practices in Internationalization Conference for campus professionals. The conference will be held this year at Florida International University, which was a winner of the 2016 IIE Heiskell Award.

The awards honor the most outstanding initiatives in international higher education among the member campuses of the IIE Network, IIE’s membership association of more than 1,300 higher education institutions. 

Congratulations to Gilman Scholarship partner institutions who received an award!

Santa Monica College
Virginia Union University
Northern Arizona University
Indiana University
Georgia Gwinnett College
Mississippi State University


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Important Dates & Reminders

March 1, 2017
Deadline to join Generation Study Abroad

March 7, 2017
Applicant deadline for Summer 2017, Fall 2017/Academic Year 2017-2018

March 10, 2017
Deadline to submit Open Doors survey

March 14, 2017
Advisor certification deadline for Summer 2017, Fall/Academic Year 2017-2018

March 14, 2017
IIE Best Practices Conference

March 23, 2017
Advisor workshop, Minneapolis

April 2017
Summer 2017 Awards announced

May 2017
Fall 2017/Academic Year 2017-2018 Awards Announced

August 2017
Spring 2018, Summer 2018 Early Application opens

A Parent Guide to Study Abroad
Just in time for Spring and Summer advising, order or download your copy today!
Fall 2016 IIENetworker 

The Fall 2016 edition of the IIENetworker magazine, "Virtual Exchange," is available as a free interactive flip book.

Gilman Advisor Workshops

Many thanks to our Gilman Advisors who were able to attend our recent advisor workshops in New York and Washington DC! It was wonderful to meet so many of you in person and spend the day discussing strategies for promoting the Gilman Program on your campus and taking a deep dive into the resources we offer you. 

If you weren't able to attend these workshops, please mark your calendar for other upcoming advisor workshops below.
March 23 - Minneapolis, MN
9am-12pm  University of Minnesota
This Generation Study Abroad advisor workshop will include best practices on advising for Gilman, Boren, Fulbright, as well as information on the Generation Study Abroad initiative.

Spring 2017 - Berkeley, CA
Gilman Advisor Workshop, date and time TBD

Complete the Open Doors Study Abroad Survey

The 2017 Open Doors U.S. Study Abroad Survey is now open and available at
The U.S. Study Abroad Survey collects data on U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit from fall 2015 through summer 2016.  The deadline to complete the U.S. Study Abroad Survey is Friday, March 10, 2017.
The compilation of data published in Open Doors is only possible with the assistance of international education and other higher education professionals at institutions throughout the United States who voluntarily provide their data for aggregate reporting in Open Doors. If your institution does not currently participate in the U.S. Study Abroad Survey or needs to update contact information, please contact us at or fill out our Update Contact Form and we will gladly add your institution to IIE’s Open Doors database.
Open Doors is the key resource on international students and scholars in the United States, and U.S. students studying abroad. The Open Doors report is published by the Institute of International Education. IIE has conducted an annual statistical survey of the international students in the United States since 1919, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs since the early 1970s. For more information about Open Doors and to access data highlights, visit our website at
The Open Doors team hosted a webinar to discuss the content and process of completing the U.S. Study Abroad survey and answered questions about participating in the survey. A recording of the webinar has been posted on the Open Doors Survey Forms website
If you did not receive the surveys, but were supposed to, please make sure to add to your address book to ensure our survey invitations continue to reach your inbox.  If you have any questions about the survey, please send an email to or call (646) 308-7213.
Did your student select the wrong advisor in their application? You now have the opportunity to reassign their application to the correct advisor! Simply navigate to the Awaiting Certification of the Applications tab in your advisor portal, select the student to be reassigned by clicking the box in the Reassign column, and then select the correct advisor from the dropdown menu. 

Do you have a new colleague who should get connected with the Gilman Program? Please direct them to register for a Gilman Advisor account at:

Also, it is helpful for us to know if certain advisors are no longer at your campus, so please take a moment to log into your Advisor portal and look at the list of your institution's Gilman Advisors under the Advisor tab, and let us know if someone needs to be removed. 

Did you know?  Advisors can sign up to be considered as a Gilman Selection Panelist by completing the Selection Panel Interest form under the Outreach tab within the advisor portal. 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 
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.

Not sure which region you're in? A breakdown by state can be found on our website. 
South & West – Randi Butler, or 832.369.3483
Midwest - Courtney Castillo, or 832.369.3487
Northeast - Kelsey Ullom, or 202.686.4004
Our mailing address is:
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Gilman International Scholarship Program
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