The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program (the Gilman Program) invites U.S. colleges and universities to submit a proposal to conceptualize, design and implement the Gilman Climate Leaders Virtual Seminar Series for current participants and alumni of the Gilman Program. The request for proposals (RFP) is being issued by the Institute of International Education (IIE), which supports the U.S. Department of State in its implementation of the Gilman Program. Please share this with your environmental studies/sustainability academic departments or grants office!
The goal of the Gilman Climate Leaders Virtual Seminar Series is to enhance attendees’ understanding of the climate crisis through a foreign policy lens, including its social, political and economic impacts, with an eye towards environmental sustainability. The Gilman Climate Leaders Virtual Seminar Series will consist of eight, ninety-minute live virtual seminars, with one seminar occurring per week. IIE anticipates awarding one contract to a U.S. institution for up to $20,000. For more details or if you are interested in applying to host the Gilman Climate Leaders Virtual Seminar Series, please go to IIE’s Solicitations for Goods and Services page to view the RFP and Budget Template.
Benefits of implementing the Gilman Climate Leaders Virtual Seminar Series:
- Demonstrate the institution’s leadership in the field of climate change and environmental sustainability.
- Provide professional development and knowledge to a group of talented, diverse, and globally engaged young Americans
- Engage directly with the U.S. Department of State and IIE.
- Receive recognition as a program partner in Gilman promotional materials, press releases, website, and social media.
The Gilman Climate Leaders Virtual Seminar Series will be open to over 34,000 American alumni and current participants of the Gilman Program, which provides funding for U.S. undergraduate students with financial need (Pell Grant recipients) to study or intern abroad. The series is anticipated to engage a diverse group of Americans from across the United States, as over half of Gilman scholars are the first in their families to attend college, almost 70% represent racial and ethnic minorities, and just under a quarter are from rural areas of the United States. Gilman alumni have a legacy of impacting their home communities across the United States, as well as their host communities overseas, including on foreign policy priorities such as addressing climate change.
Any proposal materials must be received via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 28 at 11:59pm EST for consideration. Please direct any questions to the email address above by September 27th.
We thank you for your continued support of our programs and for championing international education on your campus.
Please find more RFP information on the IIE Solicitations for Goods and Services webpage (bottom of page).