Gilman Alumni Ambassador Application for 2021-2022

Thank you for your interest in the Gilman Alumni Ambassador Program and your dedication to give back to the Gilman Program! The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by IIE. We thank you for taking time to complete this online application. 

Who are the Gilman Alumni Ambassadors?

Alumni Ambassadors serve as official representatives of the U.S. Department of State's Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. Approximately 25 Gilman alumni from across the United State are selected each year to be ambassadors and they serve for one year. 

What do Gilman Alumni Ambassadors do?
Alumni Ambassadors represent the Gilman Program to various audiences, including prospective applicants, college/university staff, and the general public. Alumni Ambassadors also build a sense of community among Gilman Alumni in their region and nationally through in-person and online engagement. For example, the 2020-2021 Alumni Ambassadors organized informational virtual presentations at universities and colleges across the United States, participated in Gilman Program Ask Me Anything sessions, organized Alumni Virtual Networking hours, mentored new Gilman Scholars through the Gilman Scholar Network, and wrote blog posts on the Gilman Global Experience blog. 

What are the Gilman Alumni Ambassador time commitments?
Alumni Ambassadors should expect to spend approximately 3-5 hours per month on Alumni Ambassador activities. Activities such as informational presentations, application workshops, webinars, and Ask Me Anything sessions occur Monday-Friday during the day. Alumni Ambassadors are expected to attend a 1-hour monthly check-in meeting with the Gilman team and other ambassadors. Alumni Ambassadors will receive training in July 2021 and be provided opportunities for professional development throughout the year. 

Applicants who work should carefully consider their availability during the workweek and how they will balance their role as an Alumni Ambassador with their work schedule.

There is a need for five 2021-2022 Alumni Ambassadors to serve as Digital Representatives. The Digital Representatives are tasked with posting job opportunities, events, and other opportunities to the Gilman Scholar Network on a regular basis, as well as actively engaging with other scholars and alumni on the Gilman Scholar Network a minimum of eight times per month. 

If you are selected to be Gilman Alumni Ambassador, your responsibilities will be:
  • Attend the Gilman Alumni Ambassador Training online July 19-21, and August 16, 2021 and complete all pre-recorded training modules in advance of the kick-off meeting. 
  • Engage in virtual advocacy about the Gilman Program by sharing testimonials about the program and its impact with your elected representatives in Congress. An advocacy training will be provided.
  • Submit an Alumni Ambassador Profile, which will be posted to the Gilman website. A template will be provided.
  • Plan and co-host at least 2 Alumni Virtual Networking Hours for Gilman scholars and alumni. 
  • Write 2 blog posts about the impact the Gilman Scholarship has had on you for the Gilman Global Experience Blog. Prompts will be provided. 
  • Participate in virtual forums with the Gilman Program such as webinars for applicants, newly awarded recipients, and scholars returning from abroad/finishing their online program. 
  • Serve as a situational mentor to at least 2 new Gilman scholars through the Gilman Scholar Network (such as providing pre-departure advice or answering questions a new scholar may have about the location you studied in)
  • Initiate and complete at least 6 promotional activities, such as virtual classroom presentations, Gilman application workshops, and campus study abroad fairs.
  • Engage with communities on Gilman Program social media platforms including the Gilman Scholar Network, Gilman Scholars and Alumni Facebook group, and Gilman Scholars and Alumni group on LinkedIn.
  • Submit a 30 second video introduction of yourself to be shared on Gilman Program social media. 
  • Represent the Gilman Program at conferences, university/college events, or special events. Note these might be virtual or in-person and will be based on invitations from the Gilman Program.  
  • Submit a brief report and photos from promotional and social Gilman activities to the Gilman Program within 1-2 business days of each activity. A report template will be provided.
  • Be responsive to communications from Gilman Program staff. 
  • Sign and comply with the Alumni Ambassador Terms and Conditions.

Note: Dates and times are often approximate when invitations are sent to Ambassadors, however, ambassadors have the flexibility to attend events that work within their schedule. Ambassadors are always able to decline an invitation without penalty. 
If you are selected to be a Gilman Alumni Ambassador Digital Representative, your responsibilities will be:
  • Attend the Gilman Alumni Ambassador Training online July 19-21, and August 16, 2021 and complete all pre-recorded training modules in advance of the kick-off meeting. 
  • Engage in virtual advocacy about the Gilman Program by sharing testimonials about the program and its impact with your elected representatives in Congress. An advocacy training will be provided.
  • Submit an Alumni Ambassador Profile, which will be posted to the Gilman website. A template will be provided.
  • Plan and co-host at least 2 Alumni Virtual Networking Hours for Gilman scholars and alumni.
  • Write 2 blog posts about the impact the Gilman Scholarship has had on you for the Gilman Global Experience Blog. Prompts will be provided. 
  • Participate in virtual forums with the Gilman Program such as webinars for applicants, newly awarded recipients, and scholars returning from abroad/finishing their online program. 
  • Serve as a situational mentor to at least 2 new Gilman scholars through the Gilman Scholar Network (such as providing pre-departure advice or answering questions a new scholar may have about the location you studied in)
  • Actively engage (such as commenting on posts from other alumni and answering questions) a minimum of 8 times per month across the Gilman Social Media platforms including the Gilman Scholar Network, Gilman Scholars and Alumni Facebook group, and Gilman Scholars and Alumni group on LinkedIn.
  • Re-share Gilman Scholarship content on social media platforms where you engage (for example, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn), when appropriate, such as application announcements or award announcements, at least twice per month. 
  • Post at least 10 job, internship, and/or fellowship opportunities on the Gilman Scholar Network job board each month. Gilman Program staff may forward additional job listings for Digital Representatives to post. 
  • Share events and opportunities from the Gilman Program and International Exchange Alumni on the Gilman Scholar Network.
  • Submit a 30 second video introduction of yourself to be shared on Gilman Program social media.
  • Represent the Gilman Program at conferences, university/college events, or special events. Note these might be virtual or in-person and will be based on invitations from the Gilman Program.
  • Submit a brief report and photos from promotional and social Gilman activities to the Gilman Program within 1-2 business days of each activity. A report template will be provided.
  • Be responsive to communications from Gilman Program staff. 
  • Sign and comply with the Alumni Ambassador Terms and Conditions.

    Note that these responsibilities are similar tothat of a standard alumni ambassador with additional opportunities andresponsibilities to work with Gilman’s virtual/social media channels.

Note: Dates and times are often approximate when invitations are sent to Ambassadors, however, ambassadors have the flexibility to attend events that work within their schedule. Ambassadors are always able to decline an invitation without penalty.  
Who is eligible to be a Gilman Alumni Ambassador?
  • Applicants must have completed their study or internship abroad experience (virtual or in-person). 
  • Applicants must have completed their Follow-on Service Project and submitted their report. *This requirement is waived if you have returned from your study/internship abroad program within the past six months or have a valid extension.* 
  • Applicants must be living in the United States between August 2021-August 2022. 
  • Applicants must be available to participate in the live, online training July 19-21, 2021, and August 16, 2021. The training is anticipated to begin at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on July 19 and 20 and is anticipated to last until 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time, with a 45 minute lunch break and a 15 minute coffee break both days. The training on July 21 is anticipated to take place from 12:00- 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The training on August 16 is anticipated to take place from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Participating in all elements of the live training is essential and required.

Please complete and submit the following online application form by 3:00 p.m Central Time on Friday, May 7, 2021. 

If you have any questions about the Gilman Alumni Ambassador application or program, please contact gilmanscholars@iie.org. We look forward to reviewing your application!

This application may take up to 30 minutes to complete and includes uploading a 2-minute video clip of yourself describing how the Gilman Scholarship has impacted you, as well as a headshot. You may save your progress once you get to page two and return at any time before the deadline. Be sure to save the link provided when you save your progress so you can return to your application. 

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In addition to Gilman Alumni Ambassador responsibilities, Digital Representatives are tasked with:
  • Engaging with other Gilman alumni's posts on Gilman social media a minimum of 8 times per month
  • Re-sharing Gilman content on personal social media at least twice per month
  • Posting at least 10 job/internship/fellowship opportunities on the Gilman Scholar Network each month
  • Sharing events and opportunities from the Gilman Program and International Exchange Alumni on the Gilman Scholar Network

Do you want to be considered to serve as a Gilman Alumni Ambassador Digital Representative? If yes, there will be several additional short-answer questions you must answer. 
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