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 in this guide and on the U.S. Department of State’s website. 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. You can also attach NCE letter to employers explaining NCE to your federal job application.
- View our noncompetitive eligibility infographic
- Considering a career with the U.S. Government? Career Connections Global – U.S. Government video (originally aired July 22, 2020) provides an introduction to the federal hiring process, the USAJOBS platform, non-competitive eligibility (NCE), and alternative hiring pathways.
- U.S. Future Leaders Career Advancement Symposium: Non-competitive eligibility
Gilman Alumni who completed their study or intern abroad program in the past three years may qualify for Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE) for federal hiring. This symposium features three Gilman Alumni who have successfully leveraged their NCE to gain employment with the federal government and explains how other alumni can use their NCE in their job search. Recorded October 23, 2020.
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.
U.S. Future Leaders Career Advancement Symposium: Insider Tips for Maximizing Your Job Hunt
Starting (or re-starting) the job hunt can be intimidating and you might have lots of questions! For example, you might wonder what you need to do to make your resume stand out, how to pass an initial phone screening, how to answer questions about salary expectations, and more. You also might be wondering how the pandemic has changed the hiring landscape. This U.S. Future Leaders Career Advancement Symposium features a panel of three Gilman Alumni who work in recruiting and talent acquisition. Hear from Madeline Aviles (Intern Program Specialist at Ball Aerospace), Stephanie Jean (Sourcer at Google via Adecco), and Tutram Nguyen (Technical Recruiting Manager at Ironclad) as they share their tips and advice on what hiring managers are looking for and how Gilman alumni can position themselves to maximize their job hunt. The Symposium concludes with a Q&A time, where panelists answered questions that were submitted in advance of the symposium and during the live event. Recorded February 18, 2022.
U.S. Future Leaders Career Advancement Symposium: Maintaining foreign language skills
Many Gilman Scholars develop foreign language skills while studying or interning abroad. What can you do to maintain language skills learned abroad, and even leverage those skills for your career? Hear from Lydia Chung, Assistant Director of the Korean Language Flagship Center at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa on effective ways to maintain your language skills after returning home. Gilman Alumni Dylan Vest and Anyssa El-Manfaa will also join and share their personal tips on how they have maintained their foreign language skills, and examples of how they are leveraging those skills for their careers. Recorded October 19, 2020.
U.S. Future Leaders 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.
U.S. FUTURE LEADERS CAREER ADVANCEMENT SYMPOSIUM: Entrepreneurship
Gilman Scholars gain skills abroad they leverage for their future careers, including launching their own ventures! In this special presentation from the Gilman Program, hear from three Gilman Alumni about their career paths since returning from abroad, their advice for aspiring entrepreneurs, common misconceptions about starting your own business or organization, and more! Featuring Gilman Alumni Christopher Browne, co-founder and CEO of The Buckler Group; Hannah Tall, founder of Grow Tall; and Samantha Martin, founder and CEO of Via TRM.
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.
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 for Networking: by Caroline Anderson.
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.