Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program | Alumni | Further Opportunities

Further Opportunities

Re-Entry Resources

Many Gilman scholars experience "re-entry" when returning home from studying abroad. Re-entry is a psychological stage of re-adjustment, similar to your initial adjustments to living abroad. As this is such a common experience, the Gilman Program has created an Alumni Re-Entry Resource Packet to assist you with your transition. A Student Guide to Study Abroad also serves as a great tool to help students transition back to the U.S. and showcase the student's global growth and learning that help the student achieve his or her academic and professional goals.

The Gilman Program also hosts Re-Entry webinars twice a year for Gilman scholars who are preparing to return home or have recently returned home. You can view a recording of our most recent Re-Entry webinar here and be sure to sign up for the alumni newsletter to find out about upcoming webinars.


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.

  • Extending Your Exchange Experience with the State Department (August 19th, 2014) – Megan Huber, the Regional Alumni Coordinator for the U.S. at the U.S. Department of State, John C. Roberts, Diplomat in Residence for the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service, and Gilman alumnus Jeff Le discuss internationally-focused career opportunities for Gilman alumni.
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  • Extending Your Exchange Experience with the Peace Corps (September 18th, 2015) - Meghan Costello, Regional Recruiter for Peace Corps, and Gilman alumni and returned Peace Corps volunteers, Darrin Vander Plas and Speare Hodges, present about opportunities in Peace Corps and utilizing the skills gained abroad as a Gilman scholar when applying to Peace Corps.
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  • Extending Your Exchange Experience: Pursuing Advanced Degrees (August 18th, 2016) - Carmen Mezzera, Executive Director of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA), and two Gilman alumni, Yasmin Fatemi, a medical student and Joseph Lam, a Master of Global Affairs candidate, present about how to apply your study abroad experience to your graduate school application process and experience.
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International Education Opportunities

U.S. Student Fulbright Program - Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright Program is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide.

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowships - The Thomas R. Pickering Graduate & Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship programs provide funding to participants as they are prepared academically and professionally to enter the United States Department of State Foreign Service. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.

Rhodes Scholarships - The Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest international fellowships, were initiated after the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, and bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford.

Marshall Scholarships - Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study.

Language Flagship Program - Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs, these intensive language instruction programs for undergraduate and graduate students enhance academic degrees through language proficiency and cultural competence.

Boren Scholarships & Fellowships - Funding from the National Security Educational Program (NSEP) supports U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests: Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

The Critical Language Scholarship Program - Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs, the Critical Language Scholarship Program offers intensive overseas summer language institutes in thirteen critical foreign languages.

Schwarzman - Schwarzman Scholars is a highly selective, one-year master’s program at Tsinghua University in Beijing that is designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders for the challenges of the future.

Confucius China - The mission of the Confucius China Studies Program is to foster this interest in China and the Chinese language by supporting China-related study and research among the international academic community's rising generation of young scholars. The CCSP Fellowships provide substantial funding to doctoral students, and award recipients are expected to further develop and improve their Chinese language skills for the duration of their grant.

For information on other study abroad scholarships, please visit Other Education Abroad Resources.

Gilman Alumni Ambassador Program

The Gilman Alumni Ambassador Program is a diverse group of Gilman Scholarship recipients who have studied abroad in various countries around the world. They are official ambassadors of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program providing presentations and promotional outreach to university and college campuses around the nation to students and advisors interested in learning more about the Gilman Scholarship Program. The Gilman Alumni Ambassadors have been trained by the Gilman Scholarship Program.

For more information on Gilman Alumni Ambassador Program, please visit our Alumni Ambassador page.

Networking 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.

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 (331 KB, PDF), 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.

For more information on staying connected with the Gilman Scholarship Program, please visit our Social Media page.

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