Gilman Guide 5.0

In your essays, avoid making general statements.  Rather, point to specific reasons, examples and benefits.  For example, if you are applying to study in Argentina, rather than saying something like “I want to experience a new culture,” it would be more effective to say something like “I want to live in a host family in Argentina so I can experience first-hand the center of Latin American culture:  the family.”

Gilman Guide 3.0

Your Follow-On project must be original.  Consider proposing a project that takes advantage of new technologies.  Project should benefit as many as possible (students, faculty, staff, and community) while still being feasible.  Applicants typically write about helping at the study abroad fairs, doing presentations, peer advising and creating promotional materials.  Perhaps you might consider reaching outside of the VCU community in your follow-on project.  Be specific!  Don’t just say that you will “do a presentation that will include photos and food from the country,” but write about what types of photos, who will come, etc.

Gilman Scholarships 101

The Spring 2013 Gilman Scholarship application is now open!

What does this mean for you?   How do you apply?  What makes for a competitive application?  What do you need to know?

This fall, the Education Abroad office is offering Gilman Scholarships 101, a comprehensive guide to applying for a Gilman Scholarship!  Check in on the blog every week for updates and tips for your Gilman application.

Read on for the first five steps to a Gilman Scholarship…

1) Read through the Gilman Selection Criteria to see if you are eligible. Do you receive a Pell Grant?  Are you a US Citizen or US National?  Do you plan to study abroad during Spring 2013?

2) If you answered yes to all of these questions and would like to apply, contact to set up an appointment with an advisor.

3) Begin your application online.  Draft your Statement of Purpose essay and submit it to the Education Abroad Office.

4) An Education Abroad advisor will give you feedback about your essay and help you to make a competitive application.

5) Submit your revised materials by September 17th to the Education Abroad office.  We will work together to polish your application before the Gilman deadline of October 2nd, 2012.

Best of luck future VCU Gilman scholars – we look forward to working with you!

New Scholarship Opportunity! The Fund for Education Abroad

The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) invites applications from undergraduate students for FEA scholarships!
Scholarships, of up to $5,000, are intended to support students planning to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs of 4-weeks or longer during the 2011-2012 academic year or summer 2012.
Application deadline is November 15, 2010.
* Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
* Must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate at a U.S. college or university
* Must be applying for a study abroad program eligible for credit at the student’s educational institution
* Must plan to study abroad for a minimum of 4 weeks in country
* Is committed to supporting education abroad in his/her campus community through work with the FEA and his/her campus education abroad staff upon return
* Applying to a study abroad program known for its academic rigor and immersion elements
* Applying to a study abroad program that includes studying the language of the host country (if not English)
* Applying to a study abroad program with a sustainable service-learning or volunteering component
* Applying to a study abroad program in a non-traditional destination
* Demonstrates financial need
* FEA strongly encourages students to apply who represent a group that is traditionally underrepresented in education abroad
For more information and to apply, visit the website:
To learn more about studying abroad, contact VCU Education Abroad at

Gilman Scholarship Deadline September 28!

The internal VCU deadline for students applying for the Gilman Scholarship is September 28!
The Gilman Scholarship is a Department of State-funded, highly competitive scholarship for students who will be studying abroad for four weeks or longer. Any student who is currently eligible to receive a Pell Grant is eligible to apply. Students may receive up to $5,000 in funding.
Gilman Scholarship
For more information on this and other study abroad funding options, please contact VCU Education Abroad at!