CUNY offers the Chancellor’s Global Scholarship (CGS) twice a year, for summer or fall programs and for winter or spring programs.  CGS applicants are encouraged to investigate additional sources of funding for study abroad.


National and local scholarships are also available to CUNY students interested in study or internships abroad. In addition to these listings, check out the study abroad website of your college. Some colleges offer funding for study abroad to its students. Also visit CUNY’s Financial Aid: Find Your Scholarship site.

The listings below are for scholarships open to students throughout the United States. Eligibility criteria vary, but keep in mind that many funders are as interested in building access to study abroad to traditionally underrepresented groups as in strong academic records. The Gilman Scholarship and the Critical Languages Scholarship, for example, are especially interested in supporting community college students, minorities, non-traditional students, and others.

The most important factor in securing funding for study abroad is advance planning. Deadlines are typically much earlier than for study abroad programs, so discuss your plans with your study abroad advisor as early as possible.  For advice from a successful CUNY Gilman applicant, check out this helpful zine from Elenore Zuniga, Gilman awardee in spring 2015).


The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program provides awards of up to $5,000 for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs of at least four weeks to any country not under a Department of State travel warning that takes place during the fall or spring semester. Check for the deadlines and timeline.

The Boren Awards for International Study provide a unique funding opportunity for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean and the Middle East). The program was designed to provide American students with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of the United States, in exchange for a commitment to seek work in the federal government. Awards are up to $20,000 for undergraduates and $30,000 for graduate students, depending on the cost and length of program.

Critical Language Scholarship is a U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs program that provides scholarships for U.S. citizen undergraduate, master’s and Ph.D. students to participate in beginning, intermediate and advanced-level intensive summer language programs at American Overseas Research Centers.

DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauch Dienst, or German Academic Exchange Service) offers scholarships for undergraduates, graduate students, researchers and faculty members to study in Germany.

The U.S. Fulbright Student Program is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for U.S. students to individually design research or teach English for one academic year in a country outside of the United States. Recent BA/BS graduates, masters and Ph.D. candidates, young professionals, including writers, journalists and those in business, law and professional fields, as well as artists and musicians, are eligible. Fulbright is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Applicants enrolled at a U.S. college or university must apply through their home college. Alternatively, non-matriculated students may apply as at-large applicants. Click here to find the Fulbright Program Advisor at your college.

Diversity Abroad is the leading global education organization that targets non-traditional students for international education opportunities. Click here for the link to scholarship and financial aid resources.

The Fund for Education Abroad is committed to increasing the opportunities for dedicated American students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of grants and scholarships.

The Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU) has partnered with Global Learning Semesters to increase the number of Hispanic students engaged in study abroad. The study abroad funding opportunities are available here.

The Institute for International Education (IIE) is a private nonprofit which, in collaboration with governments, foundations and other sponsors, creates programs of study and training for students, educators and professionals from all sectors. IIE maintains a thorough database of study abroad funding opportunities at IIEPassport Study Abroad Funding

The Kosciuszko Foundation offers scholarships for study in Poland, including the Tomaszkiewicz-Florio Scholarships for summer study as well as full-year funding for certain programs.

MASA provides grants to students of Jewish descent who study in Israel.

NAFSA, Association of International Educators, is a member organization promoting international education and providing professional development opportunities to the field. It has a page of information on financial aid for study abroad.

Internship and Volunteer Abroad Opportunities

The U.S. Department of State Internship Program provides students with a valuable experience working in a foreign affairs agency. For more information, contact Ana Escrogima, Diplomat-in-Residence at CCNY.

The Peace Corps is a U.S. federal government agency that places volunteers in 76 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe and the Middle East. Volunteer work falls in the following categories: education, youth and community development, health, HIV/AIDS awareness, information technology and business development.