Study Abroad Scholarships

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-Asia)

Freeman-ASIA (Freeman Awards for study in Asia) is supported by funds from the Freeman Foundation, and is administered by Institute for International Education.  The program provides scholarships to undergraduates to help fund study programs in East and Southeast Asia for which they will receive academic credit.  Award amounts range from $3,000 for a summer program to $5,000 for a semester/quarter program to $7,000 for an academic year program. Students must demonstrate financial need in order to be eligible for the program.  Priority will be given to students with limited or no previous experience in Asia.  As a condition of the award, upon return to the U.S., students must promote study in Asia by sharing their experiences with peers on their home campuses and in their communities. 

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Gilman International Scholarship Program sponsors a competition for awards in support of study abroad. The scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university to enable them to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Over 800 scholarships of up to $5,000.00 will be awarded each year for U.S. citizens to study abroad. Award amounts vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being $4,000.00. 

Goldman Sachs Scholarship for Excellence

The Goldman Sachs Scholarship for Excellence is an integral part of the firm’s diversity recruiting effort, seeking to attract Black, Hispanic, and Native American undergraduates to careers at Goldman Sachs. Recipients of the scholarship in their sophomore year receive a $5,000 award and those in the junior year will receive a $10,000 award toward tuition and academic expenses for one year. Scholarship recipients also receive an offer for a paid Goldman Sachs summer internship. Applicants must have a minimum 3.4 GPA to be considered. An on-line application is required which includes a 500 word essay.
If an applicant attends an undergraduate school where Goldman Sachs interviews on-campus, the applicant must also apply through the school’s career services website. Students should check with their career services office for more details. 

Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship

The goal of this program is to support outstanding students who enroll in two-year master’s degree programs in public policy, international affairs, public administration, and other academic fields who represent a diversity of backgrounds and who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. The fellowship provides funding for tuition, room, board and mandatory fees during the first and second year of graduate school. The award also includes reimbursement for books and a travel allowance. In addition fellows receive stipends during participation in one domestic summer internship between the first and second year of graduate study and one summer overseas internship following the second year of graduate school.

Each successful candidate agrees to provide a minimum of three years’ service as a Foreign Service officer.

Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship

The fellowship program is funded by the United States Department of State and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

The program seeks to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. The goal is to attract outstanding students from all ethnic, racial, and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. Applicants must be in the sophomore year of study, be U.S. citizens and have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher. Consideration will be given to qualified applicants, who, in addition to outstanding leadership skills and academic achievement, demonstrate financial need. The number of fellowships varies from year to year, depending on available funding.

Rhodes Scholarship

Thirty-two scholarships are awarded for two or three years of study at Oxford University in a field of the candidate’s own choosing. The scholarship pays for academic fees, plus an allowance to pay for travel fares and personal expenses. Candidates should have a GPA of 3.75 or higher and are selected on the basis of intellectual distinction, leadership, and service. The scholarship is highly competitive.

The Root-Tilden-Kern Scholarship Program of the NYU School of Law

The Root-Tilden-Kern Scholarship is awarded to students who intend to pursue careers in public service. It is the nation’s premier public service scholarship and during its more than 50 year history has served as a model for public service scholarships across the country. The scholarship program defines public service broadly to include employment with U.S. or international non-profit organizations, government public policy and legal positions, academia, electoral politics, community developments and law firms whose primary focus is serving the public interest or serving under-represented clients.

The three main selection criteria are a commitment to public service, academic excellence, and potential for leadership. Scholars receive full tuition and unique educational, mentoring and networking opportunities. Preliminary screening of candidates is undertaken by current scholars and directors of the Program. Students selected by this process are then invited to the NYU School of Law to interview with a panel. Each panel is chaired by a federal judge and is composed of faculty, distinguished alumni and current Root-Tilden-Kern Scholars. Scholarship offers are made after the interviews. 

Jonas E. Salk Scholarship

Created by the Board of Estimate of the City of New York in 1955 to honor the City College graduate who developed the first anti—polio vaccine, the Jonas E. Salk scholarships are award annually to eight graduates of senior colleges of the City University of New York. The scholarships are awarded to students of sound character and high academic achievement who display the potential to make significant contributions to medical research. The scholarship winners receive a total of $8,000.00 ($2,000.00 per year for four-year medical schools) to help defray the expenses of study for the M.D., Ph.D. or D.Sc. in Biomedical Sciences or D.O. degree. 

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Graduate Scholarship Programs

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Minority Ph.D. Program is managed by the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) whose mission is to provide leadership and support for the national effort to increase the representation of successful African American, American Indian and Latino women and men in engineering and technology, math- and science-base careers. The Program has two components: the Ph.D. component offers substantial scholarship support to underrepresented minorities who are beginning their doctoral work in engineering, natural science and mathematics. The smaller feeder component offers underrepresented minority B.S. or M.S. students access to select faculty and departments that have demonstrated success in sending their students on to doctoral programs. (This program is currently fully subscribed and the Foundation is not accepting new applications to participate at this time.) There is a list of approved, participating institutions and their programs of study. The City College of New York is on the approved list in the fields of Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, Bioengineering, Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. The faculty members and departments participating in the Alfred P. Sloan Minority Ph.D. Program have been selected because they have demonstrated a commitment to educating African-American, American Indian, and Latino leaders. The Program encourages students to survey the departments sponsored by the Sloan Foundation program in their discipline. They should apply for admission to one of those departments. If accepted, the student becomes a candidate for a Sloan Scholarship.

The Sloan Foundation Program and the department work together to guarantee that the student receives financial support as long as he/she is making satisfactory progress toward the degree. Beyond the financial assistance, students receive the mentoring and guidance that are such crucial factors in assuring that a student completes his/her degree. To become a Sloan Scholar, you must apply to and be accepted in a recognized program supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Scholars are selected based on their application, faculty recommendation, appropriate field of study, and financial need. Awards are made on a rolling basis.

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

This fellowships program provides grants for up to two years of graduate study in the United States. Each fellow receives a maintenance grant of $20,000.00 and a tuition grant of up to half of the tuition costs up to a maximum of $16,000.00 per year. A Fellow may pursue a graduate degree in any field including law and medicine. Applications are accepted from candidates who have not yet begun their graduate studies and from candidates in their first or second year of graduate study as well. For the purpose of this fellowship, aNew American is defined as an individual who is either a resident alien, a naturalized citizen, or is the child of two parents who are both naturalized citizens.

Thomas Tam Scholarship

Thomas Tam Scholarship was established in honor of Dr. Thomas Tam’s many contribution to the City University of New York The scholarship award is given to a qualified undergraduate student currently enrolled in any of the CUNY colleges, Asian or non-Asian "who has demonstrated creativity in the communication of the concerns of the Asian American community in areas such as Health, Education, and Culture."

Harry S. Truman Scholarship

The Truman scholarship supports students who wish to pursue graduate degrees in public service fields. Each scholarship provides up to $30,000.00 for graduate study. Scholars also receive supplementary financial aid at leading graduate institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling and special internship opportunities with the federal government. Applicants must have a strong academic and public service record and are required to work in public service for three of the seven years following completion of their degree program as a condition of receiving Truman funds.

Morris K. Udall Undergraduate Scholarship

The Morris K. Udall Foundation was established by an Act of Congress in 1992 to honor Morris Udall’s thirty years of service in the House of Representatives. Its purpose is to support “Scholarship and Excellence in national environmental policy.” Typically, the Foundation awards 80 scholarships on the basis of merit to outstanding sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue careers related to the natural environment; to Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy; or to Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated a commitment to careers related to Native American health care.
Applicants should have a GPA average of at least a “B” or the equivalent and should be pursuing a full-time course of study. Candidates must be U.S citizens, U.S. nationals or permanent residents.

UNCF – Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship Awards

The United Negro College Fund and the Merck Company Foundation jointly sponsor this program designed to increase the number of African Americans in the areas of biomedical science education and research. Each award consists of a scholarship of up to $25,000.00 and two summer internships mentored by Merck scientists with stipends totaling at least $10,000.00.

Candidates must be African Americans enrolled full-time in a four year college or university in the United States. They must also be juniors pursuing a bachelor’s degree with a major in the life or physical sciences and must have completed two semesters of organic chemistry. Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply. A minimum GPA of 3.3 is required.
A UNCF – Merck selection panel consisting of educators and Merck scientists will evaluate the applicants. Award recipients will be selected based on their GPA, their demonstrated interest in their own scientific education and a career in scientific research and their ability to perform in a laboratory setting.

Urban Fellows Program

The Urban Fellows Program is sponsored by the City of New York and administered by the department of Citywide Administrative Services. The Program is designed to introduce outstanding college students and graduates to local government and public service. The rigorous nine month program combines full-time employment in the City government with a comprehensive seminar series exploring the mechanics of local government while exploring important issues facing the City. Fellows are paid a taxable stipend of $25,000.00 and receive a choice of paid health insurance plans. Housing is not included. Eligibility requirements for the 2008-2009 Program Year are as follows. Applications will be accepted from candidates who receive(d) their Bachelor’s Degree in the Spring of 2006, 2007, or 2008; who can commit to a nine month fellowship; who agree to suspend any graduate study or outside work for the duration of the fellowship and who are able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the United States after graduation and for the entire fellowship.

Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship

The Watson Fellowship is a program of the Thomas J. Watson Foundation. The Fellowships are named in honor of the founder of the Watson Foundation, Jeannette K. Watson whose husband, Thomas J. Watson, founded IBM. Candidates must be either second semester freshmen or sophomores at one of the ten invited colleges and must have at least four semesters of full-time academic work remaining after the term in which they apply. Students must be registered in a liberal arts track, demonstrate competence in college work, be not more than 25 years old on March 1, 2008 and be either American citizens or green card holders. The participating CUNY colleges are Brooklyn College, The City College, College of Staten Island, Hunter College, Lehman College, and Queens College. Each invited college may nominate up to four candidates to be considered by the Citywide Selection Panel.

The Watson Fellowship will begin in June 2008 and continue through August 2010. During this period candidates will be expected to successfully complete three summers of paid internships of up to 10 weeks that will enhance their vocational goals and personal interests. The 2008 summer will begin with a three day orientation. Internships, seminars and cultural events will extend through August 8, 2008. The stipend for the first summer is $5,000.00 and $6,000.00 for the second and third summers respectively.

The Whitaker International Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Initially funded by the Whitaker Foundation, The Whitaker International Program is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and supports collaboration in the growing field of biomedical engineering.  The Goals of the Undergraduate Scholarship Program are to increase the number of undergraduates in BME who go abroad and to provide students the opportunity to see BME from an international perspective early in their education.  Grantees may carry out their study abroad program in any country outside the US except Canada.  Grants are for one academic term or an academic year.  The semester stipend is up to $7,500 and for the year up to $10,000.00.  Applicants must be enrolled as a second, third or senior year undergraduate Biomedical or Bioengineering students from a U.S. institution with at least one semester remaining at their home institution. Applicants must have financial need  but do not have to be receiving financial aid to be eligible.

Belle Zeller Scholarship Trust Fund

In 1979, the Professional Staff Congress at CUNY created this program to encourage and recognize excellence among students at the University. The scholarship honors the founding president of the Professional Staff Congress, Belle Zeller, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Brooklyn College, where she taught for over 40 years. The scholarship awards full tuition to registered full-time undergraduates carrying at least 12 credits and who shall have completed at least 16 credits at any branch of CUNY at the time of application. The award requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.75, demonstrated evidence of good character, and significant service to CUNY, the community, and/or a particular CUNY college. Community College Belle Zeller Scholars will continue to receive awards if they transfer to four-year colleges within CUNY and remain in good standing. 


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