The Gilman Scholar Network is the official site for Gilman Scholars and Alumni to connect with one another via a secure and private platform. Recipients of the Gilman Scholarship can search for other Gilman Scholars and Alumni by categories such as location, college/university, country of study/intern abroad, and career industry. Gilman Scholars and Alumni can request mentorship from more experienced Gilman alumni or offer mentorship to younger alumni or new scholars. The Gilman Scholar Network also gives Gilman Scholars and Alumni access to exclusive job postings, Gilman event announcements, and official Gilman event photos.
Alumni of the Gilman program are eligible for 12 months of noncompetitive eligibility (NCE) hiring status with the federal government, with the possibility of extending for up to an additional two years if you served in the military, studied at a recognized institution of higher education or were involved in another activity, which in the agency’s view, warrants an extension.
You can find more information on the NCE on U.S. Department of State’s website and in this document. If you have successfully completed your program abroad within the last three years, you may be eligible for this NCE. Through the Gilman Alumni Portal you may request a Certificate of Achievement that will provide record of successful program completion, certifying start date and validity of noncompetitive eligibility.
- Noncompetitive Eligibility: What is it and how does it work? – a session by Jennifer Lawson of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs. November 2018
The Gilman Program hosts webinars throughout the year for alumni to discuss further opportunities and careers. View past webinars below and be sure to sign up for the alumni newsletter to learn about upcoming webinars.
Gilman Career Advancement Symposium: Building Your Professional Brand on LinkedIn
This special presentation from April 2020 was a collaboration between the Gilman International Scholarship program and LinkedIn. LinkedIn Global Program Manager Trixie Cordova and LinkedIn Customer Success Manager Ellison Weeks spoke to Gilman Scholars and Alumni about how to build their professional brand using LinkedIn. Gilman Scholars and Alumni learned where to showcase their Gilman study or intern abroad experience on LinkedIn and how to use LinkedIn to strengthen the professional connections they made abroad, as well as plug into professional communities in the U.S.
Gilman Alumni Kalif Robinson, Marshall Sherrell, Richard Egan, and Esther Bellinsky spoke about their personal experiences as Gilman Scholars and shared how they leveraged their Gilman experience to be successful applicants for other U.S. Government programs.
Extending Your Exchange Experience Webinar Series
Gilman alumni and representatives from the U.S. Department of State, Peace Corps and the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs discuss how to utilize skills and experiences gained as a Gilman scholar for future professional and academic 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.
Gilman Scholars and Alumni Facebook Group– The Gilman International Scholarship Program Scholars Abroad & Alumni Group is a resource for Gilman Scholars who are currently studying abroad on the U.S. Department of State sponsored program, or who are alumni of the program. Through this group, Gilman alumni and current scholars can share stories, discussions, and academic and professional development opportunities with one another. Please use this group to network with fellow Gilman Scholars while abroad, or in your local community in the U.S., including seeking advice or offering opportunities and information.
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 and the Gilman Program often posts opportunities that may be of interest to alumni.
The Gilman Program has produced a document, Highlighting Your Gilman Experience on LinkedIn, to provide guidance on how to include your international experience in your LinkedIn profile. We also have subgroups for world regions of interest as well as U.S. regions for you to connect with alumni with similar interests and that live near you. Links to these subgroups can be found under the About This Group section on the main Gilman LinkedIn group.
Networking: Build Something that Will Last – from a session by Caroline Anderson, Georgia State University at Gilman Alumni Career Development Workshop in Atlanta, September 2017. Download the slide deck here.
Presenting Yourself Online – From a session by Dr. L Michelle Tullier, Georgia Institute of Technology at Gilman Alumni Career Development Workshop in Atlanta, September 2017
The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey educates professionals to advance understanding, promote peace, and drive change in pursuit of a more just world. Graduates have meaningful careers in international affairs, international security, trade and diplomacy, environmental policy. The Middlebury Institute offers $10,000 scholarships, or tuition reduction to alumni of the Gilman Program to attend any of its master’s degree programs.
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies (HNC) announces a U.S.-China Exchange Scholarship for all alumni of U.S. government-sponsored language programs including Gilman Alumni who completed a Chinese language study program that includes a minimum of 8 weeks of study in China. The scholarship amount is $10,000 and may be renewable based on merit. Please review the US-China Exchange Scholarship Flyer and visit the Hopkins-Nanjing Center to learn more about the U.S.-China Exchange Scholarship! (HNC is an educational collaboration between the Johns Hopkins University and Nanjing University, it is located on the downtown campus of Nanjing University. U.S. students at HNC take most of their courses in Chinese taught by Chinese faculty.)
The Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University offers Gilman Alumni a scholarship worth up to 40% of degree program tuition, if accepted for admission into a graduate on-campus program. To be eligible for this scholarship, you must meet the admissions requirements for your degree program of choice, and you must complete your Gilman study abroad program by the time of enrollment at Thunderbird. When applying to Thunderbird, indicate your affiliation with Gilman when prompted on the online application.
The Gilman Program is exploring additional graduate school opportunities for our alumni, so please stay tuned for upcoming announcements.
Communicating the Value of Your Time Abroad – session by Colette Fournier, Georgia Institute of Technology, at Gilman Alumni Career Development Workshop in Atlanta, GA, September 2017.
Tell Your Story: Fully Capitalize on Your Gilman Experience – session by Dr. Adam Henry, Arizona State University, at Gilman Alumni Career Development Workshop in Phoenix, AZ, September 2017
Leveraging Intercultural Competence for Foundational Career Skills – session by Michael Laughter, Georgia Institute of Technology, at Gilman Alumni Career Development Workshop in Atlanta, GA, September 2017
Maintaining Language Skills – session by Barbara Fleming and Dr. Chiara Dal Martell, Arizona State University
Gilman Alumni Panel – session with Christopher Crowder, Candice Coldly, moderated by Lena Tran at Gilman Alumni Career Development Workshop in Atlanta, September 2017.