Press Release

Scholarships Available for GIA Education in 2021

Applications will be accepted until 15 Oct

CARLSBAD, Calif. – 24 Aug 2020 – GIA is offering $1 million (£760,000) in scholarships for aspiring gem and jewellery students and professionals looking to advance their careers with education from GIA in courses related to gemmology and jewellry manufacturing arts offered through its campuses, distance education and lab classes. Applications will be accepted until 15 Oct for all courses, programmes and classes starting before 31 Dec 2021.
The scholarships are available for on-campus and distance education programmes, and are open to US and international prospective students. For details on eligibility, how to apply and the required documents, visit
“To meet the challenges of the pandemic, we are adapting to provide education that positions students for success within the gem and jewellery industry,” said Duncan Pay, GIA senior vice president and chief academic officer. “We are proud to offer scholarships to help more people find rewarding careers.”
GIA has awarded more than $14 million (£10.6 million) in scholarships since 2010, helping more than 3,000 students study at GIA schools around the world and through distance education programmes.
The scholarship application period was postponed from its original application period to allow GIA to assess how to effectively deliver programmes and courses during the pandemic. For campus closures and updates related to COVID-19, please visit

About GIA

An independent non-profit organisation, GIA (Gemological Institute of America), established in 1931, is recognised as the world’s foremost authority in gemmology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Colour, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight and, in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which is recognised around the world as the standard for diamond quality.
Through research, education, gemmological laboratory services and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewellery by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science and professionalism.