Gilman Scholarship Resources

When applying for the Gilman Scholarship, there are a number of valuable resources available to you. Please use the resources included below to familiarize yourself with the application, evaluation criteria, and helpful tips. Do not hesitate to contact our office at if you have any questions.


Gilman drop-in hours spring 2024:

Feb. 12th through Feb. 15th, 3-5 pm, RSS 208 (in person)

Feb. 26th through March 1st, 3-5 pm, RSS 208 (in person)

March 4th through March 7th, 3-5 pm, Zoom


Resources provided by CofC:

Gilman steps graphic: getting started with your Gilman application? Use this graphic to learn about the application process and available resources.

Gilman workshop powerpoint: This presentation provides an overview of the Gilman Scholarship and helps students start thinking about their application.

Brainstorming worksheet: This worksheet provides more questions for students to consider as they start writing their essays.

NCA’s Guide to the Gilman essays: This resource provides an in-depth explanation of each Gilman essay prompt and the selection criteria that readers use when reviewing applications. It also provides guidance on what information to include in each essay–this resource is a “don’t miss!”

Unofficial Transcript: The Gilman application asks for a PDF copy of your unofficial transcript. Follow the instructions here to download your unofficial transcript. Screenshots of your unofficial transcript will not work. *If you transferred to CofC from another institution or received a degree elsewhere before attending CofC (e.g. associate’s degree), be sure to obtain a copy of your unofficial transcript from that institution, too.*


CIE’s Gilman Plus (new!)

Students who submit both a Gilman application and a CIE General Scholarship application will automatically be considered for CIE’s Gilman Plus Scholarship ($500). Students will be considered for Gilman Plus regardless of whether they receive the Gilman Scholarship. No additional application is necessary for CIE’s Gilman Plus beyond the Gilman and CIE General applications.


Summer programs:

Submit both a Gilman application and a CIE General application** by February 15th at 11:59 pm EST

**Note that there are two separate submission sites: Gilman’s website and CofC’s Academic Works

Fall programs: 

Submit a Gilman application by March 7th at 11:59 pm PST

Submit a CIE General application by April 5th at 11:59 pm EST


Resources provided by Gilman: 

For a general overview of the application as a whole, Please watch this Gilman Application Walkthrough Video.

The Gilman application requires three different short writing components: The Statement of Purpose Essay, The Building Mutual Understanding Essay, and The
Follow-on Service Proposal. There are optional essays for students applying to study critical need languages or conduct STEM research abroad. For a brief overview of essay prompts, click here.

For even more information, watch this Ask Me Anything: Essay Edition video provided by Gilman.


Not sure how to start writing? Look over these Essay Guiding Questions here.


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