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.

For study abroad in
CGS Deadline
Summer 2017 or Fall Semester 2017 March 30, 2017
Winter 2017-18 or Spring Semester 2018 October 2017


  • 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.  Applicants must submit documentation showing that the course(s) fit into her or his degree plan.  Awards may be rescinded if a recipient does not take the approved courses.
  • 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 (apply here).  (Applicants must either be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens according to FAFSA rules).

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).
  • need, as demonstrated by the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) generated by your FAFSA application.

To apply

The application for funding for summer 2017 and fall semester 2017 study abroad programs is available here.  The deadline is March 30th. You will need to upload:

Note to advisors and registrars:  Since the CGS scholarship deadline may not allow for confirmation of official enrollments, you should complete and sign CGS forms based on anticipated enrollments when needed.  Final program enrollments will be verified before any awards will be disbursed.

No letter of recommendation is required.

Applicants are responsible for starting their application early enough to allow for technical issues to be resolved.

If you encounter problems with the application process, please email


  • 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 500 words or less, describe the objectives you seek to pursue through this study abroad program, and 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 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.  Does 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 application 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 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.  Therefore, you should make arrangements to pay your program fee 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.

  • When are applicants notified about the status of their application?

All applicants will be notified by May 1st.

Many thanks to Chancellor Milliken for supporting
global learning opportunities for CUNY students!