SiPN – Gilman Scholarships Partnership

SiPN is now partnering with the U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to award Gilman Scholarships to SiPN students!

Since 2001, the Gilman Scholarship has enabled students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to their future success and U.S. national security. The program has provided over 31,000 undergraduate students with the opportunity to go abroad, funding approximately 3,600 scholars annually to travel to more than 150 countries.

“The Gilman Scholarship Program is proud to partner with the Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD) and its Study in Portugal Network in establishing the Gilman-FLAD Portugal Scholarship, a highly selective award for underrepresented U.S. students to study in Portugal through the Study in Portugal Network (SiPN). Students also have the opportunity to study Portuguese, a critical need language. This partnership builds cooperation between Portugal and the United States and promotes Portugal as a destination for learning.”

Gilman/SiPN awardees will receive $5,000 awards (that can go up to $8,000 if including Portuguese language component – a critical language) to pursue credit-bearing academic studies or internships through SiPN.

Interested students should start their SiPN application, and Gilman´s simoultaneously.

See how to apply here.

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Life changing lecture

My brother had always encouraged me to study abroad and the start of my junior year seemed like the perfect time to start that adventure. I drew my inspiration for choosing Lisbon, Portugal from my anthropology professor and the many stories he told about living in Portugal and falling in love with the language, food, the people, and the culture. 

Natalie Castilleja
University of Missouri Kansas City

SiPN
5.0
2019-02-04T11:40:52+00:00

Natalie Castilleja
University of Missouri Kansas City

Life changing lecture My brother had always encouraged me to study abroad and the start of my junior year seemed 

Finding Her in Heritage

Growing up with immigrant parents I guess you could say that I had a different upbringing compared to most of my peers. Of course, there were times when cultures would clash leaving me stuck between my Portuguese and American identities, but over time I learned to embrace the best of two worlds. I had always wanted to visit mainland Portugal, but I never thought that I would get to experience living here which has provided me with an even better experience than I could have imagined. Studying abroad wasn’t originally part of my academic plans, but here I am in my senior year and this is one of the best decisions I have ever made.

Diane Fontes University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

SiPN
5.0
2020-07-29T16:18:34+00:00

Diane Fontes University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Finding Her in Heritage Growing up with immigrant parents I guess you could say that I had a different upbringing 

From Grandparents to Me

Having grandparents from the Azores growing up, I thought I had a good understanding of Portuguese culture. I figured my trips to the Azores as a teenager, eating bacalhau and seeing my traditionally dressed grandmother cook octopus on Christmas made me an expert on the Portuguese experience. However when I arrived, I realized The Portuguese people are young, and Lisbon is culturally diverse and thriving city. 

Derek Robidoux
University of Massachusetts Amherst

SiPN
5.0
2017-03-13T11:54:16+00:00

Derek Robidoux
University of Massachusetts Amherst

From Grandparents to Me Having grandparents from the Azores growing up, I thought I had a good understanding of Portuguese 

Across Four Continents

Long story short, I received a scholarship for my study abroad but with the condition that I study in Bahia, Brazil. That year changed my life and lead me to study abroad another semester in Florianópolis Brazil and earn a minor in Portuguese. As an advanced speaker of Portuguese being in Lisbon is a dream come true to be living my day to day life in the Portuguese language. Even the walk to the grocery store is never dull when you are surrounded by history and smiling Portuguese faces. 

Samuel Orlowski
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

SiPN
5.0
2019-02-04T11:33:43+00:00

Samuel Orlowski
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

Across Four Continents Long story short, I received a scholarship for my study abroad but with the condition that I 

Another piece to the melting pot

Studying abroad seemed like the perfect opportunity to do this. I must admit, before coming to Portugal, if someone asked me where Lisbon was I would have had no clue. This however actually gives great insight as to why I chose Portugal as my study abroad destination. The chance to come to a place I had no knowledge of seemed like another great time to expose myself to beautiful new places, people, and things.

Liz Bovell
University of Connecticut

SiPN
5.0
2019-02-04T11:44:07+00:00

Liz Bovell
University of Connecticut

Another piece to the melting pot Studying abroad seemed like the perfect opportunity to do this. I must admit, before 

Positive Impact

Studying in Portugal was one of the best experiences of my life! I’ll always remember the friendships I made and the wonderful memories from traveling all over the country. I learned about Portuguese culture which has influenced me in profound ways that I treasure very much.

Mila Barzdukas
Emory University

SiPN
5.0
2019-02-04T12:00:57+00:00

Mila Barzdukas
Emory University

Positive Impact Studying in Portugal was one of the best experiences of my life! I’ll always remember the friendships I 

Happy coincidence

I started learning Portuguese by accident. I spent the majority of my life learning Spanish as a second language. Although my dad is from Peru, I never spoke Spanish with him growing up. I think this is how my love of languages arose. Frustrated that I never learned the language of my dad’s family, in school I dedicated myself to learning Spanish and to sounding as “Peruvian” as possible. Now, two and a half years later, I am a Spanish and Portuguese major studying abroad in Lisbon, Portugal. I never imagined that I would learn to speak Portuguese as quickly as I have, or that I would come to love the Portuguese-speaking world as much as I loved learning Spanish.

Claudia Bellido
Emory University

SiPN
5.0
2019-02-04T11:14:26+00:00

Claudia Bellido
Emory University

Happy coincidence I started learning Portuguese by accident. I spent the majority of my life learning Spanish as a second 
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