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Chancellor's Global Scholarship (CGS)
Program Terms: Fall Semester,
Spring Semester,
Winter Inter-Session
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Fast Facts:
Program Category:
Open to all CUNY students? (EPermit):
Non-CUNY students eligible?: No
Academic Subject(s):
***All Subjects
Undergrad/Grad eligible?: Undergraduate
Program Description:

Planning to study abroad in summer 2019 or fall semester 2019?  Apply to the Chancellor's Global Scholarship by March 27!  This scholarship, which provides partial support for study abroad, is open to all CUNY undergraduates.  Eligible students are also encouraged to apply for the Gilman Scholarship (deadline March 5th) and other opportunities.

Applicants should consult the study abroad office of their home campus for advising, and may also seek advice from the study abroad office of the campus sponsoring the program they are applying to.

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 Application Opens CGS Deadline
Summer or Fall Semester 2019 February 13, 2019 March 27, 2019
Winter 2019-20 or Spring 2020 September 2019 October 2019



  • 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showing that the course(s) fit into her or his major, minor, Pathways or elective requirements, or the award will be rescinded.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 2018-19 academic year (apply here).  (Applicants must either be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens according to FAFSA rules).
  • Prior recipients of a CGS award are not eligible to apply.
Excelsior Scholarship recipients:  please note that if selected as a finalist, your potential CGS award will be reviewed by your home college Office of Financial Aid to ensure that disbursement will not result in a reduction of your Excelsior award.  If this is the case, your CGS offer will be withdrawn.

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.

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).  The CGS essay question is based on the Gilman application to allow CUNY applicants to both programs to focus on preparing a single strong essay.
Students who are U.S. citizens are also eligible for the Critical Language Scholarship (See CLS eligibility requirements here).
CUNY students are extraordinarily successful in applying for the Gilman scholarship as well as the Critical Language Scholarship and many have gone on to win Fulbrights, Borens, and other prestigious awards.

Forms you may need

If you are selected as a finalist for CGS funding for a CUNY study abroad program, you will need to submit the following before your funding is approved: If you are applying for CGS funding for a study abroad program not offered by CUNY, you will need to submit the following with your application:


  • I logged in to finish my application, and everything is gone!  Did I lose all my work?
No, you just created a new application by mistake.  If you have already started your application, you should log back in using the Complete your CGS Application button at the top right of this page.  Be sure to use your email address, all lowercase, as your username.
  • 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:
  1. Why do you wish to study 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?
  2. Describe your study abroad program. What factors led you to select this program and length of study?
  3. Why have you chosen your country of study? What factors led you to select this country?
  4. How will this study abroad program and the coursework you take abroad impact your academic and future professional goals?
  5. 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.)
  6. What challenges, if any, did you face in your decision to study 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.

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.
  • I receive the Excelsior Scholarship.  Can I apply for CGS? 
You are eligible to apply; however, eligibility to receive an award is determined by your College's Office of Student Financial Aid if you are selected as a finalist.  If disbursement of a CGS award would result in a reduction of your Excelsior award, your CGS offer will be withdrawn.
  • 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 (see special rules governing Excelsior awards above).  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.
  • 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.  No award is greater than the program cost (minus any other awards such as the Gilman).
  • 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 by check.  We strongly recommend that awardees enroll in direct deposit before your program begins.  Checks will take longer to be issued, and may be delayed due to an incorrect address or other mail-related problems.  More information on refunds through Financial Aid can be found here.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2020 12/31/2019 ** See program homepage link above TBA TBA
Winter Inter-Session 2019-2020 12/31/2019 ** See program homepage link above TBA TBA

** The application process is online. For your CGS scholarship application to be considered complete, your application to the study abroad program you are applying for CGS funding to help support must be complete by its original deadline.