Critical Language Scholarship and Gilman Scholarship Adviser Workshops

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) is pleased to announce that it is hosting a series of regional workshops for study abroad advisers.

These workshops will focus on leveraging campus resources and share best practices to successfully recruit and support applicants and alumni of national, merit-based scholarships, specifically the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship (Gilman) Program and the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program. Workshops will provide an opportunity for study abroad professionals and university administrators and faculty to highlight successes and strategies for supporting students competing for the Gilman and CLS Programs.

The Gilman and CLS programs are programs of the U.S. Department of State, supported in their implementation by IIE and American Councils for International Education, respectively.

Workshop content will include the following:

  • Gilman and CLS Program Overviews
  • Promotion, Recruitment, and Support of Gilman and CLS Program Candidates
  • Advisor Roles and Opportunities in Gilman and CLS
  • Maximizing the Gilman and CLS Value: Supporting and Leveraging Alumni

Upcoming Workshops

  • University of California, Davis in Davis, California – September 7 – Registration now open!
  • DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois – August 10 – Registration closed


We invite you to register for the California workshop at the following link:

The deadline for registration is August 24, 2018. We hope to accommodate everyone who is interested in participating in this event. However, because there is limited capacity and we would like to ensure equitable representation of different institutions, registration will be considered on a rolling basis. Additional attendees will be accepted as space allows. Registrants will receive an email once registration is confirmed.

Please monitor this website for information on when registration will open for the remaining workshops.

Travel Support
We would like to ensure that everyone who is interested in this event is able to participate. For that reason, limited financial support is available up to $400 to help offset the cost of participation for those coming from over a two-hour drive away. If you need financial support, in addition to that provided by your home institution, in the form of travel (mileage or tickets), lodging, and meals, a limited level of travel support will be available on an as-needed and rolling basis—we encourage you to submit your registration as soon as possible to ensure the availability of funds. Please note that if you have attended a previous Gilman-CLS Advisor Workshop and received travel support, you may not be eligible for a second round of travel funds.

Contact Information

Please direct any questions you have regarding the Advisor Workshop or assistance with technical support to