Did you know?

If you’re applying for a Chancellor’s Global Scholarship and are a Pell Grant recipient and a U.S. citizen, you may also be eligible for a Gilman Scholarship.  (See Gilman’s full eligibility requirements here).

CUNY students are extraordinarily successful in applying for the Gilman scholarship, and many have gone on to win Fulbrights, Borens, and other prestigious awards.

The CGS application portal is now closed.  Many thanks to all applicants.  We will inform all applicants of the selection committee’s results on April 17th.

As part of CUNY’s commitment to “[widen] the pipeline of language training, study abroad, and cross-cultural learning and collaboration for all students” (The Connected University, CUNY Master Plan 2016-2020), the Chancellor’s Global Scholarship provides partial funding on a competitive basis to CUNY students planning a study abroad experience.


  • Undergraduate student at a CUNY community or senior college at the time of enrollment in the study abroad program.
  • Study abroad program must be credit-bearing and fit into the student’s degree plan.  If selected, applicants must submit documentation showing that the course(s) fit into her or his major, minor, Pathways or elective requirements, or the award will be rescinded.
  • The study abroad application must be complete by the CGS deadline (not the program deadline).
  • Applicants are encouraged to consider CUNY study abroad programs, including those offered by other CUNY campuses by EPermit.  Non-CUNY study abroad programs must be approved by the study abroad office or international education liaison at the student’s home college.
  • A completed FAFSA application for the 2017-18 academic year (apply here).  (Applicants must either be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens according to FAFSA rules).


  • What are some common mistakes?

The most common mistake is to fail to sign forms or to get signatures from individuals who must confirm something about your application.  A written or official digital signature is required.

  • How can I know if my application is complete? 

All applicants should log in to their application and make sure that all of the checkboxes under “Application Questionnaires” and “Signature Documents” are checked.  The checkbox can only be marked once you have completed all required questions AND clicked “submit” at the bottom of each application element.  However, please note that it is possible to have an application with unacceptable answers (for example, incorrect or unreadable forms uploaded) that still appear complete.  It is your responsibility to read the directions for each application section and question and to respond accordingly.  Please check your work—we especially recommend that you download forms that you have uploaded to verify that they appear as you intend.

  • Is the application portal mobile device-friendly?

Unfortunately, our application system is not optimized for mobile devices, and you may encounter obstacles and even lose your work if you attempt to complete it on your phone.  We recommend that you arrange to complete the application at a desktop or laptop computer, at your college’s computer lab if necessary.  To do this efficiently, you may want to prepare your essay in advance to the following question:

In 1000 words or less, describe:
(1) the study abroad program you plan to attend,
(2) the objectives you seek to pursue through this program, and
(3) how this specific program will help you achieve them.

  • Is this scholarship like STOCS or SIROCS?

Although the CGS, STOCS and SIROCS all sought to promote access to study abroad opportunities for CUNY students, the CGS is funded directly by CUNY.  The program’s eligibility criteria and other features are therefore different.

  • Is U.S. citizenship required?

No.  However, if you are not a U.S. citizen, you must be an eligible non-citizen according to FAFSA rules.

  • I’m not Pell Grant-eligible.  Do I have sufficient need to be able to apply?

Pell Grant eligibility is not required in order to apply.  Need will be assessed on a case-by-case basis using the EFC (Expected Family Contribution) from your FAFSA.

  • How do I know if my EFC (Expected Family Contribution) is too high?

There is no eligibility cut off for EFC. However, the mission of the scholarship is to promote access to study abroad for those with financial need. Therefore, financial need is a factor in the scoring process for evaluating applicants.

  • How much are CGS awards?

The selection committee determines how to allocate awards based on the size and quality of the applicant pool.  In most selection rounds, not all qualified applicants can be awarded.  The most common award amount is $1000.  A small number of applicants with the highest rankings may received $1250, $1500, or $1750.  Occasionally, a very highly ranked applicant whose program is at least a semester long may receive more, but no award is greater than the program cost (minus any other awards such as the Gilman).

  • I also received another award to attend this program.  Will this affect my CGS award?

As long as your total awards do not exceed the cost of the program, your CGS award is not affected.  You should make sure that your paperwork reflects the full cost of attendance, including costs you may be expected to cover on your own (that are not included in the program fee), to avoid any unnecessary reductions in your award.  If you are applying for CGS funding to help cover the costs of a CUNY program, you will complete this paperwork if you are selected as a finalist.  If you are applying for CGS funding to help cover the cost of a non-CUNY program, you will complete a Consortium Agreement during the application process that requires you to document program costs and related expenses.

  • I had to change a course after arriving at my program.  How does this affect my CGS award?

You must report any changes with an updated CGS Verification of Program Applicability to Degree form (for CUNY programs), or an updated Consortium Agreement (for non-CUNY programs).  If your new course(s) do not fit into the major, minor, Pathways, and/or elective requirements of your degree plan, your CGS award will be rescinded and the disbursed amount will be billed to your student account.

You should consult with an advisor at your home college before finalizing any course changes abroad, to avoid any potential loss of CGS funding or other financial aid.

  • If I’m selected, how will I be paid?

All CGS awards will be processed through Financial Aid, and in most cases, awards will be disbursed after your program fees are due, and summer program participants may not receive their awards until their programs have concluded.  Therefore, you should make arrangements to pay your program fee and cover all expenses before the award is disbursed.

Once the award is posted to your Student Account, if you have no other outstanding charges, the award will be disbursed either to your bank account (if you have enrolled in Direct Deposit via CUNYFirst), or to your CUNY Scholar Card, which you can enroll in if you are not signed up for Direct Deposit.  We strongly recommend that awardees enroll in direct deposit before your program begins.  This will give you more options than the CUNY Scholar Card, which charges 3.8% in fees for all foreign transactions.  More information on refunds through Financial Aid can be found here.

For study abroad inApplication OpensCGS Deadline
Summer or Fall Semester 2018February 14, 2018March 28, 2018
Winter Intersession 2018-19 or Spring Semester 2019September 2018 (date TBD)October 2019 (date TBD)

Selection Criteria

The selection committee will consider:

  • merit, as demonstrated by the student’s academic record.
  • ability to benefit, as demonstrated by the personal statement.
  • prior study abroad experience (preference if this will be the applicant’s first study abroad experience; preference if the student has never received CGS funding).
  • need, as demonstrated by the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) generated by your FAFSA application.