Gilman Scholarship Information for URI Students




The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. Such international exchange is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. The goal of the Gilman Program is to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by awarding nearly 3,000 scholarships annually worth up to $5,000. An additional $3,000 supplement may be awarded if a student plans to study what is deemed a “critical need language”.

Since the program’s inception, URI has had over 100 Gilman Scholarship recipients!

Specific Gilman Information for URI Applicants

  • The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship web  page has a wealth on information related to eligibility requirements, application cycles, and resource to assist eligible candidates.  Potential applicants are encouraged to review and utilize the resources available.  Take time to review the helpful tips, sign-up for a free webinar, and start early!

    The Gilman web page is the place to spend some time to learn how to submit a top-notch application and enhance your chances of becoming a recipient. 

  • Each semester the URI Office of International Education offers information sessions on campus related to the Gilman Scholarship program.  Our staff has worked with current and former URI Gilman Scholars and have served on the Gilman program’s national selection committee.  Our aim is to share our knowledge to help increase the chances of eligible candidates  to receive an award! 

    There will be a Gilman Student Panel Session on Friday, November 17th during International Education Week 2017.  Click here for details.

    The spring 2018 information session schedule is available!  Click here for details.

    If your schedule does not permit attendance to an information session, refer to the Gilman web page for important application details.   There you will find  exceptional resources to guide you through the process!

  • After you have reviewed the Gilman webpage to confirm eligibility, application deadlines, and general program requirements, we would like to highlight  some important details for URI students.

    1.  To apply for a Gilman Scholarship, applicants must be in the process of applying to, or already admitted, to a qualifying study abroad program.  URI applicants should have started, or completed, their study abroad application in the URIAbroad system.  If you are viewing this page for future Gilman application cycles, use the URIAbroad portal to search for study abroad program options.

    2.  Statistically speaking compared to many scholarship programs the chances of receiving a Gilman scholarship are quite good.  Despite this fact, there are no guarantees.  Applicants should confirm that they have the resources to finance their study abroad program even if the do not become a Gilman recipient.    Review the “Cost of Studying Abroad” page, speak with our advisors, and meet with a Financial Aid Officer in URI Enrollment Services to be sure all is in order to finance your program. Their is financial assistance available, but you should plan carefully and start the planning process early.

  • The Gilman Scholarship Application requires two essays as part of the application process.  Their web page provides a wealth of information on completing this component of the application and great writing tips.   Here is some additional advice:

    -Start early and revise your until  you have quality applications essays.  This part of the application is where you are able to convince the selection committee why you should be selected as a recipient – take full advantage of the opportunity!

    -Utilize the Gilman social media resources or participate in an online webinar or workshop to learn how to develop  an effective Statement of Purpose and Follow-on Service Project Proposal.

    -Have your essays proofread by a professor, advisor, tutor in the URI Writing Center, family member or friend.

    -Once you have a quality Statement of Purpose, use it as  a foundation to apply for other scholarship opportunities!

  • As part of the Gilman Scholarship application process you will be required to identify a study abroad and financial aid advisor on the URI campus who can certify your application.  The URI Office of International Education and Enrollment Services Office work very closely to ensure URI applicants are certified in a timely manner.  URI Gilman applicants should be aware of the following:

    1.  The Certifying  Financial Aid Advisor at URI is Mr. Victor Gaspar.  URI applicants should feel comfortable selecting Mr. Gaspar’s name in the application portal  as he is prepared each application cycle to proceed accordingly.

    2.  Students participating on a URI Faculty-Led Summer program should select Dr. Kelly Watts as their Certifying Study Abroad Advisor and Dr. Tom Hospod for all other study abroad program options.  Remember, you must have started a URIAbroad application so the advisors can verify that you have started an application or have been admitted to your study abroad program.

  • Ask your study abroad program provider if they offer Gilman Scholarship or Pell Grant “match” scholarships.  Several  provide awards to supplement Gilman or Pell Grant funds.  Below is a list of URI affiliated providers with such opportunities.  Refer to each individual site for complete information and eligibility requirements as the program details are subject to change.

    AIFS Gilman Scholarship Match – $500/$250 Grants – AIFS will award an additional $500 to each student who receives a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship and uses it toward an AIFS semester or academic year catalog program, or $250 toward a summer catalog program.

    API-Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Awards – Students participating in an API program who have been awarded a Gilman scholarship will be eligible to receive up to $1,000 in matching contributions from API for a study abroad program, or up to $500 in matching contributions from API for an intern abroad program.

    CIEE  Gilman Go Global Grant –  Students who can show proof of a Gilman application are  eligible. Students need simply apply via the CIEE application and they may receive up to $2,500 toward a semester program, or $1,000 toward a summer program. 

    CIEE Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants – $750 to $2,000 toward airfare; award amount depends on CIEE program location.  The GAIN Grant helps cover airfare costs to and from CIEE program locations for students who demonstrate high financial need. GAIN Grants are available for short-term (January and summer), semester and year-long CIEE programs. All Pell-eligible students are guaranteed a GAIN Grant, if they apply!

    SIT Study Abroad Pell Grant Match – The program offers matching funding to Pell Grant recipients to help pay for their SIT Study Abroad programs.

    TEAN Gilman Bonus Scholarship – Any student who has received the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship will have the opportunity to receive a $500 Gilman Bonus Scholarship.

  • The Gilman Scholarship can go a long way towards funding a study abroad experience, but you apply to more than just this program.  Use the scholarship essay as a foundation for other scholarship applications.  Here are a few items to consider:

    – Visit our scholarship page for information on additional opportunities.

    -Leave no stone unturned!  Check with your academic department, civic groups in your local community, or your study abroad program provider regarding additional scholarship opportunities. 

    -Apply to scholarship opportunities for which you qualify.  You have no chance of receiving an award if you do not apply!

URI Gilman Scholars promoting the program at our annual Study Abroad Fair.
URI Gilman Scholars promoting the program at our annual Study Abroad Fair.
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