External Scholarships

What are scholarships?

Scholarships are financial support awarded to students that are based on academic achievement and financial need. Scholarships assist students in paying for tuition for college. 

What are fellowships?

Fellowships are short-term opportunities that are funded for a few months to a few years. Fellowships are sponsored by specific associations, organizations, or government organizations. Fellowships may fund opportunities to explore a specific field of work, graduate study, and research. 

What are external scholarships and fellowships?

External scholarships and fellowships are opportunities provided by organizations outside of Queens College. Down below are opportunities that Queens College has partnered with to provide students with additional funding and/or experiences.

 

What are scholarships and prestigious scholarships?

Compared with general scholarships, prestigious scholarships are well-known and are the most competitive. Typically prestigious scholarships provide students with $10,000 and up. 

 

How do I know the scholarship that I am applying to is not a scam?

 If they are asking you to pay to apply to a scholarship, right away know that it is a red flag. If they say that there is a “processing fee” or a “redemption fee” for this scholarship do not apply. 

For more information:  https://consumer.ftc.gov/articles/how-avoid-scholarship-financial-aid-scams#promise

The Asian American and Native Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) Scholarship Program

Who: Freshmen and Sophomores

Anyone who will be enrolled in Fall 2024 & is “able to describe your ethnicity, heritage, or ancestry in relation to the countries, territories, or lands in Asia or the Pacific Islands”

Apply: https://apiascholars.org/scholarship/apia-scholarship/

Application period: Fall semester into Spring Semester

The Beinecke Scholarship
  • Who: Juniors 
  • Scholarship to support those attending graduate school for social sciences, liberal arts, and humanities. Each scholar receives $5,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school

  • Apply: https://beineckescholarship.org/how-to-apply/
  • Application Period: Fall semester 
The Belle Zeller Scholarship

Who: Juniors and Seniors

This scholarship is intended to honor the unique qualities of Belle Zeller: the

As of 11/1/2023 combination of social commitment and scholarship and is based on merit, not financial need. Awards are for one year in the amount of $5,000.

Link to apply: https://bellezeller.org/undergraduate-application/

Application Period: Spring semester 

Boren Awards

Who: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors

Boren Scholars and Fellows from diverse fields of study immerse themselves in the cultures in world regions underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. They study a wide range of critical languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese, and Swahili. Boren Awards are available to students of all proficiency levels who are committed to enhancing their skills. Stipend provided

Apply: https://www.borenawards.org/application-instructions-boren-scholarships

Application Period: Spring Semester 

Carnegie Junior Fellows

Who: Seniors

The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is designed to provide a substantive work experience for students who have a serious career interest in the area of international affairs. Approximately 15 students will be hired to work as employees at Carnegie in Washington, DC on a fulltime basis for 10-12 months. Projects range from statecraft and economy, to international affairs, to sustainability.

Apply: https://carnegieendowment.org/about/jr-fellows

Application Period: Late fall semester Early Spring Semester

Clinton Global Initiative

Who: Juniors and Seniors

CGI Fellowship: Fellows will receive support through mentorship, community building events, and access to a year-round social impact curriculum. This new program is another critical investment in the future of entrepreneurship, with options for all levels of experience – CGI University for current students; the CGI Fellowship for established students and emerging leaders; and the CGI Greenhouse for growth-stage entrepreneurs looking to scale.

Apply here: https://www.clintonfoundation.org/programs/general/clinton-global-initiative/fellowship/

Application Period: Spring Semester

CGI University: Founded by President Bill Clinton in 2007, CGI University is a community of students who are taking action together on pressing challenges facing their campuses, communities, and the world. Through the Clinton Global Initiative’s power of convening and Commitment to Action model, more than 12,500 students have made an impact in over 160 countries and all 50 states — with the support of more than $4.8 million in funding from CGI University’s corporate and university partners. Now in its 16th year, CGI University’s year-round program engages students, alumni, colleges and universities, and influential voices in creating new ways to effect change on the topics that matter most to emerging leaders.

Apply here: https://www.clintonfoundation.org/programs/leadership-public-service/clinton-global-initiative-university/

Application Period: Spring semester 

Gates-Cambridge Program

Gates-Cambridge offers 80 full cost scholarships to applicants to pursue a postgraduate degree in any subject at the University of Cambridge. Two-thirds of these awards are offered to PhD students, with 25 awards available in the US round and 55 available in the International round. 

For more information: https://www.gatescambridge.org/programme/the-scholarship/

 

Freeman Asia

Who: Undergraduate students 

Freeman Awards for study in Asia provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. This award provides need-based funding to assist the recipient with the cost of the study abroad program and related expenses, including airfare, basic living costs, local transportation, books, etc.

For more information: https://www.iie.org/programs/freeman-asia/

 

Davis-Putter Scholarship

Who: Students enrolled in college or university 

The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund is a fund that provides financial support for students who are active and emerging organizers in progressive movements for liberation, self-determination and social and economic justice in their communities. Grantees are doing work 

For more information: https://www.davisputter.org/

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Columbia SPS CUNY Fellowship
Who: Seniors and Graduate students 

Columbia University School of Professional Studies (SPS) has launched a new fellowship program, the Columbia SPS CUNY Fellowship, for the 2024–25 school year. Building on the success of the Columbia HBCU Fellowship, this program at SPS aims to provide high-achieving recent CUNY graduates access to Columbia’s vast academic, professional, and community resources.

Apply here: https://sps.columbia.edu/impact/columbia-sps-cuny-fellowship

Application Period: Spring Semester 

Coro NY Fellows Program

Who: Seniors

Starting after graduation, this is a full-time, nine month program that uses New York as its classroom. It develops participants’ self-awareness and analytical skills, exposes them to cross sector collaboration, and grants them access to high impact leaders, and provides them unparalleled relationship-building opportunities to launch their professional careers. It also includes rotational work placements.

Apply: https://coronewyork.org/the-fellows-program-in-public-affairs/

Application Period: Fall Semester 

Earl Warren Scholarship

Who: Seniors 

The Earl Warren Scholarship is awarded annually to rising law students whose commitment to racial justice reveals outstanding potential for training as civil rights and public interest attorneys. Eligible law students include those entering their first or second year of full-time legal study at an accredited law school. LDF’s Earl Warren Scholarship awards are $15,000 per year for three years (as long as scholars remain in good academic standing and continue to meet the scholarship criteria) for a total of $45,000.

Apply here: https://naacp-ldf.smapply.io/prog/earl_warren_legal_training_program/

Application Period: Spring semester

Fulbright US Student Program

Who: 

Three to four week programs for US undergraduate students, who have no or very little travel experience outside North America. Participants can explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK while experiencing higher education at a UK university. Program costs are covered.

Apply here: https://us.fulbrightonline.org/countries/europe-and-eurasia/united-kingdom

Application period: Spring semester

Goldwater Scholarship

Who: Sophomores and Juniors 

One of the oldest and most prestigious national scholarships in the natural sciences, engineering, and mathematics in the United States, seeks to identify, encourage, and financially support college sophomores and juniors who show exceptional promise of becoming this Nation’s next generation of research leaders in these fields

Apply here: https://goldwaterscholarship.gov/general-guidance-for-applicants/

Application Period: Fall Semester into Spring Semester

PD Soros

The Paul & Daily Soros Fellowship for New Americans is a $90,000 merit based scholarship for immigrants and children of immigrants pursuing graduate school in the United States. There are only 30 fellowships available each cycle. 

For more information: 

https://www.pdsoros.org/fellowship

How to apply: 

https://www.pdsoros.org/apply

Rangel International Affairs Program

Who: Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors 

A six-week summer program designed to provide undergraduate students with a deeper appreciation of current issues and trends in international affairs, a greater understanding of career opportunities in international affairs, and the enhanced knowledge and skills to pursue such careers. The Program covers the costs for tuition, travel, housing, and meals; it also provides a stipend.

Apply here: https://rangelprogram.org/

Application Period: Spring Semester 

RISE Germany

Who: Sophomores and Juniors 

RISE stands for Research Internships in Science and Engineering. RISE Germany offers undergraduate students from North American, British and Irish universities the opportunity to complete a summer research internship at top German universities and research institutions.

Apply: https://www.daad.de/rise/en/rise-germany/find-an-internship/application-portal/

Application Period: Fall semester 

Reducetarian Fellowship

Who: Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students

This exciting new program is for exceptional New York City and Washington DC-area undergraduate and masters students who are eager to create a more sustainable, healthy, and compassionate world. The one-year experience is designed to equip and encourage students to pursue a career focused on combating industrial animal agriculture. Each fellow receives a $7,500 stipend to support their participation in the program, and one-on-one mentorship from Fellowship staff throughout the year.

Apply here: https://www.reducetarian.org/fellowship-new-york-city-apply

Application Period: Spring Semester 

Roothbert Fund

Who: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors 

Roothbert Fund assists those in need of financial aid to further their education. Grants are typically $5,000 to $7,000 and may be renewed for subsequent years. While open to all, preference is given to those with spiritual inspiration and are pursuing a career in education.

Apply: https://www.roothbertfund.org/scholarships

Application Period: Fall and Spring Semester 

Scoville Peace Fellowship

Who: Seniors 

The fellowship ensures a pipeline into leading think tanks and advocacy groups in order to inspire creative new approaches to the pervasive challenges to peace and security. Its goal is to bridge the gap between academia and the professional world by providing an entree for mission-driven grads eager to learn about and contribute to public-interest organizations.

Apply here: https://scoville.org/apply/

Application Period: Fall semester 

Truman Scholarship and Foundation

Who: Juniors 

Awards merit-based scholarships to college students who plan to pursue careers in government or elsewhere in public service. Truman Scholars receive up to $30,000 for graduate or professional school, participate in leadership development activities, and have special opportunities for internships and employment with the federal government.

Apply here: https://www.truman.gov/apply

Application Period: Spring semester 

Udall Undergraduate Scholarship

Who: Sophomores and Juniors 

The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment. In 2024, the Udall Foundation anticipates awarding 55 scholarships of up to $7,000 each.

Apply here: https://www.udall.gov/OurPrograms/Scholarship/Apply.aspx

Application Period: Spring semester 

Urban Fellows Program

Who: Seniors 

Highly selective, nine-month fellowship which combines work in Mayoral offices and City agencies with volunteer service opportunities and a seminar series that explores current urban issues impacting public policy. Program participants are diverse and come from all over the country to work in New York City.

Apply here: https://a002-irm.nyc.gov/EventRegistration/RegClosed.aspx?eventId=5065

Application Period: Fall Semester 

JK Watson

Who: Freshmen and Sophomores

A three-year program that provides unprecedented opportunities to remarkable students to further their personal, professional, and cultural potential including paid summer internships and other unique professional experiences in NYC, the U.S. and abroad, and a Discovery Fund for self-designed experiences.

For more information: https://watson.foundation/fellowships/tj

Application Period: Fall semester into Spring semester 

Critical Language Scholarship

The Critical Language Scholarship is a summer opportunity for American College and University Students to learn languages that are beneficial for engagement in the US and around the globe. There are many languages that are available for study such as Arabic, Azerbaijani, Chinese,  Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portugeuse, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu. Students study for 8-10 weeks learning one of the thirteen languages at an intensive study abroad institute. 

For more information: 

https://clscholarship.org/

Rhodes

The Rhodes Scholarship is a fully funded, full-time, post graduate award that allows people from all around the world to study at the University of Oxford. Rhodes scholars come to the UK for two or more years and can apply to study most full-time post-graduate courses. 

For more information: 

https://www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/scholarships/the-rhodes-scholarship/

Gilman

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship provides students with limited financial means the chance to study (STEM-related) or intern abroad (focused on national security. These opportunities provide students with the chance to learn more about U.S. national security and economic prosperity. Students must receive the Federal Pell Grant to apply for this scholarship. 

For more information: 

https://www.gilmanscholarship.org/program/program-overview/

 

Luce Scholarship

Luce Scholars are given the opportunity to live and work throughout the Northeast, Southeast, and South Asia. Scholars contribute their talents in public health, the arts, economic development, and environmental science to NGO’s, government agencies, private companies, universities, think tanks, and museums. Scholars have been placed in areas such as  Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and many other countries. 

For more information: https://www.hluce.org/programs/luce-scholars/

Public Policy Juniors Program

The Public Policy Juniors Program is a grant that funds future public policy leaders and gives them access to the Junior Summer Institute, a fully funded and rigorous graduate school preparation program. In addition, students in the program gain access to a lifetime participation in PPIA’s Alumni Network and annual Public Service Expo. 

For more information: https://www.ppiaprogram.org/junior-summer-institute

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship is a five year fellowship that provides three years of support with an annual stipend of $37,000. Students selected have the potential to be high achieving scientists and engineers early in their career. Applicants who are interested must pursue full-time research based master’s and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). 

For more information: https://www.nsfgrfp.org/

 

Pickering Foreign

The Pickering Foreign affairs program is a program funded by the US department of State, administered by Howard University that prepares outstanding young people for Foreign Service careers in the U.S. department of State. Minority groups historically underrepresented in the State Department, women, and students with a demonstrated need for graduate school are encouraged to apply. Qualified college seniors and college graduates committed to joining the Foreign Service. The fellowship helps finance two-year graduate programs, provides two summer internships, offers mentoring from a Foreign Service Officer, and provides other professional development activities.

For more information: https://pickeringfellowship.org/

Rangel Enrichment Program

The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program is a six-week summer program designed to provide undergraduate students with a deeper appreciation of current issues and trends in international affairs, a greater understanding of career opportunities in international affairs, and the enhanced knowledge and skills to pursue such careers.

For more information: https://rangelprogram.org/summer-enrichment-program/overview-eligibility/

Marshall

The Marshall Fellowship are looking for candidates who have the potential to excel as scholars, as leaders and as contributors to improved UK-US understanding. In doing so, we recognise the value of diversity among applicants and promote equality of opportunity.

The selection criteria are divided into three equally weighted categories:

Academic Merit
Leadership Potential
Ambassadorial Potential
We hope and expect that our Scholars will represent the breadth of talent in today’s United States of America.

For more information: https://www.marshallscholarship.org/apply/eligibility

 

Freshmen

Scholarships that you are eligible for: 

AANAPISI Scholarship (General Scholarship) 

Boren Awards (Study Abroad) 

Clinton Global Initiative

Fulbright UK Summer Institute (Study Abroad) 

Reducetarian Fellowship

Roothbert Fund (General Scholarship) 

Watson Fellowship (Internship Program) 

Sophomore

Scholarships that you are eligible for: 

AANAPISI Scholarship (General Scholarship) 

Boren Awards (Study Abroad) 

Clinton Global Initiative 

Fulbright UK Summer Institute (Study Abroad) 

Goldwater Scholarship (Math, Science, and Research) 

Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program (Public Policy and International Affairs) 

Reducetarian Fellowship 

RISE Germany (Math, Science, and Research) 

Roothbert Fund Scholarship (General Scholarship) 

Udall Undergraduate Scholarship (Advocacy & Environmental Scholarship) 

Watson Fellowship (Internship Program) 

Junior

Scholarships that you are eligible for: 

AANAPISI Scholarship (General Scholarship) 

Beinecke Scholarship (General Scholarship) 

Belle Zeller Scholarship (General Scholarship Program) 

Boren Awards (Study Abroad) 

Clinton Global Initiative 

Goldwater Scholarship (Math, Science, and Research) 

Rangel International Affairs Enrichment Program (Public Policy and International Affairs) 

Reducetarian Fellowship

RISE Germany Research Internship (Math, Science, and Research) 

Roothbert Fund Scholarship (General Scholarship) 

Truman Scholarship Foundation (Public Policy & International Affairs) 

Udall Undergraduate Scholarship (Advocacy and Environmental Scholarship)

Senior

Belle Zeller Scholarship (General Scholarship) 

Boren Awards (Study Abroad Program) 

Carnegie Junior Fellows (Public Policy and International Affairs) 

Clinton Global Initiative

Columbia SPS CUNY Program 

Coro NY Fellows Program in Public Affairs (Public Policy and International Affairs) 

Earl Warren Scholarship (Legal Scholarship) 

Rangel International Affairs Enrichment Program (Public Policy and International Affairs)

Reducetarian Fellowship

Roothbert Fund Scholarship (General Scholarship) 

Scoville Peace Fellowship (Public Policy and International Affairs) 

Urban Fellows Program (Public Policy and International Affairs) 

Graduate Students

Columbia SPS CUNY Program 

Reducetarian Fellowship