Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program | Alumni


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Gilman Recipient Evaluation

Within one month of your return from abroad all Gilman Scholars are required to submit a scholarship Recipient Evaluation. The evaluation is a brief survey of your experience abroad as a Gilman Scholarship Recipient. You can find your alumni evaluation within your alumni portal. You can submit your evaluation separately from your Follow-on Service Project report.

Gilman Alumni Portal 

If you have any questions, please contact the Gilman Scholarship Program.

Follow-on Service Project & Report

All Gilman Scholars are required to carry out the Follow-on Service Project proposed in your scholarship application within six months of your return date to the U.S.  Once complete you will need to submit your Follow-on Service Project report to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. In addition, please review the Frequently Asked Questions below.  Should you have further questions, please contact the Gilman Scholarship Program.

View the Follow-on Service Project Report Guidelines (382 KB, PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. I’ve forgotten my username and/or password for my Gilman online account, what do I do?

A. If you’ve forgotten your Gilman username and/or password, then you can either click “Forgot my Password” to have a temporary password sent to your email or contact the Gilman Scholarship Program to retrieve your username.

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Q. I extended my stay abroad so my date of return to the U.S. has changed from what I submitted in my application. When is my project due?

A. We realize that many Gilman Scholars extend their stay abroad to continue their studies or pursue other opportunities such as internships, volunteering or working abroad. We are happy to work with you to extend your Follow-on Service Project due date in this situation. If you extended your time abroad, the report is due within six months of your new return date.  We ask that you update your new return date in the Abroad section of your Gilman account as soon as possible.

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Q. What do I do if I am interviewed about my study abroad experience as a Gilman Scholarship recipient?

A. Since the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is  sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) at the U.S. Department of State, you are not only a recipient of a U.S. government-funded program but have become a representative; thus, you should acknowledge the program sponsor in your interview.  Depending on the article or story to be published, the subject may vary, but it is always good to include the highlights of your experience abroad that positively influenced your academic and professional goals.  Additionally, you can speak of the cultural and language learning opportunities you benefitted from, whether you participated in classes, a field study, an internship, or service learning project.  You are more than welcome to contact the Gilman Program to inform us that you will be interviewed and the Program can further assist you.  Please contact the Gilman Program in advance of the interview or event.

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Q. What if I no longer have a copy of my original proposal from my application?

A. If you no longer have a copy of your original proposal, please log in to your online Gilman account to review your Follow-on Service Proposal Essay.

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Q. I've read my original proposal and would like to make some revisions and/or changes to my project. Do these need to be approved first?

A. Yes. Follow-on Service Project proposals are one of the criteria used to select recipients of the Gilman Scholarship. Thus, it is very important that whenever possible you carry out the project proposed in your application. However, we do realize that at times revisions, additions and/or improvements may need to be made.

You may request a revision to your project by contacting the Gilman office with a description of your reason for changing your Follow-on Service Project and a brief description of your new proposal. Please keep in mind that your project revisions should at least still maintain the same level of effort and quality of your original proposal.

If you would like to request an extension to complete your Follow-on Service Project, please contact the Gilman Program and include the following information in your request:

• Reason you are requesting an extension
• Approximate date of completion

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Should you have further questions regarding your Follow-on Service Project, please contact the Gilman office.

Armen HazarianAll Gilman Scholars are encouraged to join the International Exchange Alumni online community. International Exchange Alumni is a secure, password protected website that offers alumni of U.S. government exchange programs an exciting opportunity to continue the exchange experience after returning home! In this online community, alumni can network with each other and take advantage of the many features the website has to offer which include: grant opportunities, job postings, alumni resumes, discussion forums, an online academic research journal database, and Q&A Live with distinguished guests.

Click "Join Now" at to get access to this incredible resource.

Dennise CarranzaThe Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program e-newsletter contains updates and further information on the Gilman Scholarship Program, information on further opportunities abroad such as the U.S. Student Fulbright Program, and profiles of current and past Gilman recipients.

If you are not currently receiving this newsletter and would like to be added please sign up below to get on the email list and receive the newsletters. Please indicate if your name has changed from the time you were a Gilman Scholar.

Gilman Scholars are welcome to submit articles about their academic and professional accomplishments when they studied abroad or since studying abroad. Please send an email to expressing your interest in being highlighted in a future newsletter because of your accomplishment(s).

Newsletters will be posted below as released:

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Gilman Alumni are encouraged to continue their international learning upon returning to the U.S. The Gilman Program has produced a Re-Entry Resources for Gilman Scholars document, which offers scholarship and networking resources to Gilman Scholars who have recently returned from their study abroad program. Additionally, A Student Guide to Study Abroad, serves as a great tool to help students transition back to the U.S. and showcase the student's global growth and learning that help the student achieve his or her academic and professional goals.

We also encourage Gilman alumni to pursue further opportunities on the International Exchange Alumni website as well as look at further opportunities abroad such as those listed below:

International Education Opportunities

U.S. Student Fulbright Program -  Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright Program is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide.

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowships - The Thomas R. Pickering Graduate & Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship programs provide funding to participants as they are prepared academically and professionally to enter the United States Department of State Foreign Service. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.

Rhodes Scholarships - The Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest international fellowships, were initiated after the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, and bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford.

Marshall Scholarships - Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study.

For information on other study abroad scholarships, please visit Other Study Abroad Resources

Networking Opportunities

International Exchange Alumni - International Exchange Alumni offers alumni of U.S. government exchange programs an exciting opportunity to continue the exchange experience after returning home. In this online community, alumni can network with each other and take advantage of the many features this website has to offer.

LinkedIn - The Gilman Scholarship Program has an alumni group on LinkedIn. This is a secure network for students who have received a Gilman Scholarship to study abroad. Through this group, Gilman alumni and current scholars can share stories, discussions, and academic and professional development opportunities with one another.

For more information on staying connected with the Gilman Scholarship Program, please visit our Social Media page.

Gilman Alumni Ambassador Program

The Gilman Alumni Ambassador Program is a diverse group of Gilman Scholarship recipients who have studied abroad in various countries around the world. They are official ambassadors of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program providing presentations and promotional outreach to university and college campuses around the nation to students and advisors interested in learning more about the Gilman Scholarship Program. The Gilman Alumni Ambassadors have been trained by the Gilman Scholarship Program.

For more information on Gilman Alumni Ambassador Program, please visit our Alumni Ambassador page.

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