Study Abroad Scholarships

Study Abroad Scholarship Guide for
Queensborough Community College Students
As of September 11, 2017

Please note all applications are being continuously updated. Please check with the scholarship organization for the most up-to-date eligibility and application details upon applying.

Chancellor's Global Scholarship (CGS)

General Scholarship (applications open September, and closes October)

Period Eligible: Winter 2018
Application Open: September 1, 2017
Application Close: October 19, 2017

Amount Awarded: The most common award amount is $1000. A small number of applicants with the highest rankings may received $1250, $1500, or $1750.

Application Requirements

Essays, Reference, Other
Essays Reference(s) Other
1 Essay - 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.

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Who They Look For

Chancellor's Globl Scholarship - Who They Look For
Eligibility Requirements Selection Criteria
  • Undergraduate student at a CUNY community or senior college at the time of enrollment in the study abroad program.
  • 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).

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showing that the course(s) fit into her or his major, minor, Pathways or elective requirements, or the award will be rescinded.

  • Merit, as demonstrated by the student's academic record.

Funds for Education Abroad (FEA)

General Scholarships (applications open November, closes January, and winners announced in April)

Period Eligible: Summer 2018

Application Open: November 15, 2017

Application Close: January 10, 2018

Amount Awarded: $10,000 (Academic Year); $5,000 (fall/spring semester); pro-rated by the number of weeks, min. $1,250 (summer)

Application Requirements

Fund for Education Abroad Application Requirements
Essays Reference(s) Other

2 Essays - 500 words or more (each)


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Who They Look For

  • Study language of host country
  • Non-traditional destination: countries non-English speaking
  • Demonstrates financial need
  • Minorities, first-generation college students
  • STEM majors, students with disabilities, veterans, men
  • Academically rigorous and immersion programs
  • Study abroad program with sustainable service learning or volunteering
FEA Eligibility Requirements and Preferences
Eligibility Requirements Preferences
  • Currently enrolled
  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • DACA students welcomed
  • Plan to study abroad minimum of 30 days between May 2016 and May 2017
  • Program will count toward QCC credit
  • Support FEA upon return

Dedicated Scholarships-Additional Requirements listed under each section

Rainbow Scholarship

  • Awarded to a deserving LGBTQI student who aims to participate in a high-quality, rigorous education abroad program

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

(Sponsored by U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational And Cultural Affairs)

Period Eligible: between May 1, 2018 and August 1, 2018 (additional spring, fall and academic year programs available)

Application Open: Mid- January 2018

Application Close: March 6, 2018 11:59 PM (Central Time, strict deadline)

Amount Awarded: Average for summer is $3,000, up to $5,000; selected applicants may be also considered for an additional Critical Need Language Award

Application Requirements

Gilman Scholarship Application Requirements
Essays Reference(s) Other
  1. 1. Statement of Purpose
  2. 2. Follow-on Service Project Proposal


  1. Official transcript
  2. Certifications from study abroad and financial aid advisors

Who They Look For

Gilman - Who They Look For
Eligibility Selection Criteria
  • U.S. citizens
  • Receive Federal Pell Grant now or at time of study abroad
  • Receive QCC credit for trip
  • Study/intern min. 3 weeks in one country (2 weeks at community college)
  • Going to a country other than Cuba or those on U.S. Department of State Current Travel Warning List
  • Gilman scholarship recipients that have previously declined Gilman Scholarship can re-apply if they are still eligible
  • Students traditionally under-represented in education abroad including:
  • Students with high financial need
  • Diverse ethnic background
  • Students with disabilities
  • Community college students
  • First generation college students
  • Students in STEM fields

Essay Instructions

  • Each essay is limited to 7,000 characters (including spaces), which is approximately 1.5 pages, single spaced. Copy and paste essays in text boxes provided in the essay section of the application.

Statement of Purpose Essay

  • Why do you wish to study or intern abroad and what factors led you to this decision? What do you hope to gain from and what do you anticipate will be the impact of your experience abroad?
  • Describe your study or intern abroad program. What factors led you to select this program and length of study?
  • Why have you chosen your country of study? What factors led you to select this country?
  • How will this study or intern abroad program and the coursework you take abroad impact your academic and future professional goals?
  • Are there any distinctive components to this program, beyond coursework, that will impact your overall learning experience abroad? (I.e. home-stays, internships, field research, volunteer activities, extra-curricular activities, etc.)
  • What challenges, if any, did you face in your decision to study or intern abroad? How did you meet these challenges and what impact do you foresee them having on your experience abroad? These could include, but are not limited to, being a parent, being a non-traditional student, having a learning or physical disability, being in a field of study for which it is difficult to incorporate study abroad, etc.

Follow-on Service Project Proposal

  • If selected to receive a Gilman Scholarship, you will be required to carry out a Follow-on Service Project upon your return to the U.S. which promotes the Gilman Program and international education on your home campus and/or in your community.
  • Write a proposal explaining how you will give back by inspiring others to pursue their own experiences abroad.
  • Projects should be clear, able to be completed in approximately one semester, and have obtainable goals.
  • Summarize your Follow-on Service Project Proposal in paragraph format by addressing the following questions:
  1. Briefly outline your proposed project to promote the Gilman Scholarship and international education. How will this project impact your home university or home community? What are your project goals?
  2. What is your target population and how will your project impact this group?
  3. How will you integrate the impact of your experiences abroad into your project?
  4. What, if any, campus departments, student organizations, and/or community organizations will you collaborate with in promoting the Gilman Scholarship and international education? Have you already made contact with these groups?
  • Upon completion of your project you will be required to submit a two-page final report summarizing your experience abroad and the impact of your Follow-on project


Critical Language Scholarship

Period Eligible: Summer 2018

Application Open: Late September/TBA

Application Close: Late November/ TBA

Amount Awarded: Fully-funded: Intensive overseas group-based language courses (20+ hours/week), host community language partners, U.S. academic credit, costs for airfare, tuition, room and board often with host family, cultural program, small stipend for incidentals and meals, related costs for a mandatory pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C., applicable visa fees (and possible visa assistance), program-sponsored travel within the host country, all entrance fees for program activities.

Application Requirements

Critical Language Scholarship Application Requirements
Essay(s) References
  • 4 Short Answer Essays
  • 1 Statement of Purpose
  • 2 Recommendation Letters

Who They Look For

Critical Language Scholarship - Who They Look For
Eligibility Program Preferences
  • Enrolled at community college or above for degree program
  • 18 years old or older by the beginning of your program
  • Completed at least one academic year of study by the summer program (freshman may apply)
  • U.S. Citizens
  • Interest in language study at all levels –from beginning to advanced
  • All fields of study and interests especially STEM, law and economics majors
  • No specific GPA required
  • Finalists must be in acceptable mental and physical health and complete a medical form
  • Academic record and potential to succeed in a rigorous academic setting;
  • Ability to adapt to a different cultural environment;
  • Plan for continuation of study of the language; and
  • Plan to use the language in future career.


  • Ability to participate in the scholarship program is based on the ability to receive a visa to host country.
  • Additional cultural experiences and excursions provided to learn the culture
  • Native speaker language partners provide practice and add conversational skills
  • Undergraduate academic credit through Bryn Mawr College


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