Register Now for Free Virtual Gilman and CLS Advisor Workshop on Sept. 18

Dear Colleagues,

USA Study Abroad within the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) is pleased to invite you to attend a free virtual Gilman and CLS Advisor Workshop. The workshop will be hosted by the University of Oregon via Zoom on Friday, September 18, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Pacific Time.

This virtual workshop will share best practices for leveraging campus resources to successfully recruit and support applicants and alumni of national, merit-based scholarships, specifically the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program and the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program. Both programs’ fall applications are anticipated to open later this month, and this workshop will provide an opportunity for study abroad professionals and university administrators and faculty, like you, to discuss strategies for supporting students competing for the programs. Study abroad advisors of all experience levels, including those new to one or both programs, are encouraged to attend.

Workshop content will include the following:

  • Gilman and CLS Program Overviews
  • Gilman and CLS Application Review and Selection Criteria
  • Promotion and Recruitment for the Gilman and CLS Programs
  • Supporting Students through the Application Process
  • Engaging and leveraging Gilman and CLS Alumni
  • Writing a Competitive Essay

We invite you to register for the workshop at the following link: The deadline for registration is Friday, August 28, 2020 at 5:00p.m. EST.

We hope to accommodate everyone who is interested in participating in this workshop, but registration is limited to approximately 60 Gilman and CLS advisors. Registrations will be considered on a rolling basis, and in the case of a large number of registrants, workshop attendance may be limited to two representatives per institution. Applicants will receive an email once their registration is confirmed.

If you are unable to attend this comprehensive virtual workshop, we are happy to also be offering three free webinars in September with hosts of past successful CLS and Gilman Advisor Workshops sessions. Look for an announcement with more information on these webinars and registration links soon:

  • Advisor Roles and Opportunities: University of Alabama and Birmingham-Southern College
  • Strategies for Increasing Awareness of Study Abroad Opportunities: University of Kentucky
  • Supporting Students though the Application Process: University of Rhode Island

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

The Gilman and CLS programs are programs of the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in their implementation by IIE and American Councils for International Education, respectively. To learn more about the Gilman Program, please visit To learn more about the CLS Program, please visit,

We thank you for your continued support of our programs and for championing international education on your campus during this unprecedented time for the field.

Warm regards,
The USA Study Abroad Team
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
U.S. Department of State

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