Study Abroad Scholarships

Study Abroad Scholarship Guide for
Queensborough Community College Students

As of October 18, 2018

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/Summer 2019
Application Open: September 13, 2018/October 25, 2018 (TBA)
Application Close: Feburary/March 2019 (TBA)

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.

Financial Aid document

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.
  • Study abroad progeam 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showing that the course(s) fit into his/her major, minor, Pathways, or elective requirements, or the award will be rescinded.
  • The study abroad application must be completed 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. (Applicants must either be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens according to FAFSA rules).
  • Prior CGS receipients are ineligible 
  • 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 demoinstrated by the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) generated by the FAFSA application 

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)

Period Eligible: Summer 2019

Application Open: November 19, 2018

Application Close: January 7, 2019

Amount Awarded: pro-rated by the number of weeks, min. $1,250

Application Requirements

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

2 Essays - 750 words or less (each)


Financial Aid document

Unofficial transcript

FEA Eligibility Requirements and Preferences
Eligibility Requirements Preferences
  • Currently enrolled undergraduate in U.S. college/university (graduate students are ineligible)
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Study abroad program duration must be a minimum of 28 days
  • Program must be eligile for credit at student's home institution

FEA gives preference to students with demonstrated financial need and strongly encourages students to apply who represent a group that is traditionally underrepresented in education abroad.

These groups include, but are not limited to:

  • first-generation college students
  • minority students
  • community college students

Dedicated Scholarships

Foundation for Global Scholars

  • Awarded to young adults aspiring to create change in their local communities on a global scale. 

Hilary Echo Douglas Scholarship

  • Given to students planning to study abroad in Vietnam or within Southeast Asian cultures 

Jane Gluckmann and Carol Rausch Global Scholarship 

  • Available for students planning to study abroad in Mexico, Central America, France, or Germany 

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

Period Eligible: Summer 2019

Application Open: Mid-January 2019

Application Close: March 2019 (TBA)

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. Statement of Purpose

2. Follow-on Service Project Proposal


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

Gilman - Who They Look For
Eligibility Selection Criteria
  • U.S. citizens
  • Undergraduate student in good standing at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States (incuding two-and four-year institutions)
  • Be receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application or provide proof that s/he will be receiving a Pell Grant during the term of study abroad or internship
  • Be in the process of applying to, or accepted for, a study abroad program or internship program of at least two (community college students) or three (senior college students) weeks in duration; program must take place in one country and be eligible for credit at the student's home institution. Proof of program acceptance is required prior to award disbursement
  • Students are eligible to apply for credit-bearing study abroad programs in a country with an overall Travel Advisory Level 1 or 2

Academic preparedness and impact on student’s academic and career trajectory

(Coherent link between the proposed program and the applicant’s future academic and/or career plans, as well as personal development goals)

Diversity of background and experience:

  • First-generation college student
  • STEM fields
  • racial and ethnic minority students
  • students with disabilities
  • students attending minority-serving institutions and community colleges,

Destination is underrepresented:

  • Eastern Europe
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • East Asia and the Pacific (with the exception of Australia, China, Japan, and South Korea)

Impact to Community

Critical Need Language Award (separate essay for countries deemed important to national security)

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? (e.g., 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

Program Benefits: Fully-funded; intensive overseas group-based language courses (20+ hours/week) at 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

Not covered: U.S. passport fees, medical exam fees for finalists.

Period Eligible: Summer 2019

Application Open: Early October (TBA)

Application Close: TBA

Application Requirements

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

Successful application tips

Critical Language Scholarship - Who They Look For
Eligibility Program Preferences
  • Be a U.S. citizen at the time of your application.
  • Non-citizens, including Permanent Residents, are not eligible, even if they anticipate naturalization by the beginning of the program.
  • Be enrolled in an accredited U.S. degree-granting program at the undergraduate (associate's, bachelor's) or graduate (master's, doctoral, professional degree) level at the time of your application.
  • Your program must result in a degree. Applicants who are taking stand-alone or continuing education classes are not eligible.
  • Your institution must be an accredited U.S. institution. Students earning degrees at foreign colleges or universities that are not based in the U.S. or its territories are not eligible.
  • You must be enrolled at your home college or university in Fall 2018. Please read the following information carefully:
  • If you are not taking classes at your home institution in the fall semester, please confirm that you are, in fact, enrolled. Institutions have different requirements to maintain enrollment status and you will be required to provide a signed letter from your registrar stating that you were enrolled during the fall semester.
  • If you are taking a leave of absence to participate in an organized semester- or year-long study abroad program, or to participate in a substantive internship program, you may still be considered eligible. You will be required to submit documentation of your study abroad or internship program. Decisions will be made on a case by case basis.
  • In either case, you must submit a signed letter from your home college or university in the U.S. explaining your situation and your intention to re-enroll following the completion of your study abroad or internship program.
  • Be at least 18 years old by May 15, 2019.
  • Undergraduate students must complete at least one academic year of study (two semesters or three quarters) by the beginning of the CLS Program
  • Academic record and potential to succeed in a rigorous academic setting
  • Commitment to language learning
  • Connection between target language and career/academic goals
  • Ability to adapt to an intensive program and a challenging cultural environment
  • Unique perspective and contributions to the CLS Program.

Critical Languages

Offered at all levels (Beginning, Advanced  Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced)

Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu

One Year of Prior Study Required:

Arabic, Persian, Portuguese

Two Years of Study Required:

Chinese, Japanese, Russian

CLS language Levels and Terminology

  • Beginning – no previous study or less than one year of study
  • Advanced Beginning:  at least one academic year
  • Intermediate: at least two academic years of study
  • Advanced: at least three academic years of study 


Additional Resources

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Campus Cultural Centers

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QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

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QCC Art Gallery

The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.