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Grants & Scholarships
Who would say “no” to free money?
The links below highlight application-based scholarship opportunities, but you should think of your existing St. John’s financial aid—and any additional study abroad grants you’d receive toward a semester abroad—as the “base” for determining how much study abroad will really cost you and your family. For further information, including making a direct comparison between studying abroad and studying in NYC, please contact our colleagues in the Office of Student Financial Services: Rosemary Encarnacion on the Queens campus or Theresa Cantarella on the Staten Island Campus.
Students from other U.S. universities should also contact their home institution's financial aid office, as well as our Visiting Student page, for specific information on the type of aid available to each individual.
Summer Programs Early Bird Discount
$250 off program fee for Summer programs if confirmed by early deadlines:
- March 17: Pre-session and Summer Session 1
- April 15: Summer Session 2 and Post-session
Global Scholars Grant
$500 Study Abroad Grant awarded to high achieving undergraduates. This can be used towards a Summer short term program or Fall Semester program. Must confirm participation by April 1.
Study Abroad Grant
Up to a $6,000 grant awarded on a by the Office of Financial Services. This can be used on a SJU semester long program in the Fall. There is no confirmation deadline.
Contact our office to find out if you qualify.
The Licari Scholarship, funded through a generous donation by CPS Professor of Management & Marketing Andrea Licari, seeks to provide needy undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to study abroad on faculty-led short-term programs. For programs that take place in 2014, we expect to award up to 5 student grants of up to $1,000 to defray program costs. This program is only open to St. John’s students.
Deadline for Summer 2014 Applications: March 15, 2014
To apply for the Licari Scholarship, please submit your completed, typed application form and essay (by email or in person) to the Office of Global Studies.
For more information, please contact us.
*NOTE: The Licari Scholarship is not applicable to Global Passport or Dean's Fellowship programs; nor can it be used towards semester-long courses with winter/summer travel.
The Rome Study Abroad Scholarship is funded through a generous donation and seeks to help high-need students to study abroad in Rome. We expect to award 3 scholarships of up to $750 each to subsidize program costs. The scholarship is limited to St. John’s students only.
Deadline for Winter Applications: November 1, 2013
To apply for the Rome Study Abroad Scholarship, please submit your completed, typed application form and essay (by email or in person) to the Office of Global Studies.
For more information, please contact us.
The Italian Cultural Center offers scholarships for students who have been accepted to study in the summer, fall and spring Study Abroad programs in Rome, Italy.
- Summer Award: $1500.00
- Fall & Spring Awards: $2500.00
- Discover the World Applicants: $1000.00
Currently enrolled, matriculated undergraduate St. John’s University students are encouraged to apply.
- Students may not apply if they are receiving full tuition in the form of a scholarship or as a recipient of tuition remission (family member employed at St. John’s)
- Must be currently enrolled and matriculated undergraduates of St. John’s University
- Must have completed freshman year
- Must have a cumulative index of 3.25 or higher in your major
- Write an essay (250 words) explaining why you deserve this scholarship
- Provide, as references, letters from two members of the faculty with whom you have studied within the past year. Letters must be emailed as an attachment to email@example.com by the professor writing the recommendation.
- Upon completion of the time in Rome, recipient shall furnish an essay addressing their experiences in the program and the impact it has made in their academic and personal life
- Upon completion of the time in Rome, recipients will receive an invitation to attend an ICC Welcome Reception where they will meet the ICC Board members and informally talk about their experiences in Rome.
PLEASE TYPE ESSAY ON A SEPARATE SHEET OF PAPER AND ATTACH TO APPLICATION.
For more information:
- On the Queens Campus, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (718) 990-7541
- On the Staten Island Campus, visit the Office of Financial Aid, Kelleher Center 1st Floor
- Or contact the Office of Global Studies
Application forms must be typed. Email your completed application to email@example.com
*Note: The Italian Cultural Center Scholarship is not applicable to Global Passport programs.
Gilman Scholarships are available to Federal Pell Grant eligible students who study abroad during the semester, summer, winter and calendar year on a program that is a minimum of four weeks in length.
The application deadline for Fall 2014 programs is 11:59pm March 4, 2014.
When to Apply
- The Gilman Scholarship Program accepts applications two times per year.
- Ideally, students should begin their application one full semester before their study abroad program or internship is scheduled to begin.
- Learn more about the deadline and application timeline at iie.org.
The Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Such international study is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.
Approximately 800 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded during an academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study abroad. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being $4,000. Undergraduate students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at 2-year or 4-year colleges or universities are eligible to apply.
Before a student begins the Gilman Application, he/she should contact their study abroad office at their home institution and meet with their study abroad advisor and financial aid advisor to certify their Gilman Scholarship applications.
Students who apply for and receive the Gilman Scholarship to study abroad are now eligible to receive an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement from the Gilman Program for a total possible award of up to $8,000. Approximately 25 Critical Need Language Supplements will be offered to Gilman Scholarship recipients.
Critical Need Languages include:
- Arabic (all dialects)
- Chinese (all dialects)
- Turkic (Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Kyrgz, Turkish, Turkmen, Uzbek)
- Persian (Farsi, Dari, Kurdish, Pashto, Tajiki
- Indic (Hindi, Urdu, Nepali, Sinhala, Bengali, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati, Sindhi)
For more information on the Gilman Scholarship, visit their website www.iie.org/gilman.
Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to add an important international and language component to their educations. The program focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad.
Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security.
All US citizens currently enrolled in an undergraduate institution and planning to study abroad in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand are eligible to apply.
Applicants must be citizens of a country in which there are Rotary clubs and have completed at least 2 years of college-level study. Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships provide a flat grant of $27,000 for one academic year of study in another country. Application deadlines are set by individual Rotary clubs in accordance with the district deadline.
For more information about scholarships offered in 2013, check the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships Web site for a Rotary club in your district.
Thirty scholarships are made available US citizen undergraduate students participating in study abroad programs in Japan. Awards range from $2,500 - $4,000.
The scholarship application deadline for the semester students who will study in Japan beginning in Spring of 2014 are due October 8, 2013.
The Office of Global Studies is pleased to be able to offer new scholarship information to students participating in study abroad programs through DiversityAbroad.com! All St. John's students who meet the minimum requirements are eligible to apply. If you are a visiting student from another university, please contact DiversityAbroad.com to verify if your home school is eligible. The minimum requirements are listed at the link below:
Please keep in mind that the application deadlines are:
- October 11, 2013 for Spring 2014 programs
- March 7, 2014 for Fall 2014 programs
- May 2, 2014 for Summer 2014
Another exciting opportunity for Global Studies students!
Glimpse, a nonprofit website about the experiences of young Americans studying abroad, is offering students the opportunity to win a $600 stipend! Last year, Glimpse received over 600 applications, and chose nine exceptionally talented young writers and photographers, who are busy producing some great stories about getting to know camel merchants in Egypt, belly dancers in Cyprus, socialites in Swaziland… the list goes on and on!
The Glimpse Correspondents Program is for talented writers and photographers with a passion for storytelling and a knack for finding truly unique stories. The program is open to anyone who will be working, volunteering, or studying outside of their home country for at least 10 weeks. Correspondents receive the following benefits:
- $600 stipend
- Professional editorial support
- Career training in travel writing and photography
- Publication on Matador and Glimpse.org
For more information, visit: http://glimpse.org/the-correspondents-program/. There, you can find background information on the program, links to past Correspondent profiles, and the link to our online application.
Applications for the spring 2014 and fall 2014 Correspondents Program will be available starting November 1, 2013 on the Glimpse website.
The LIVFund Scholarship has been designed for anyone who wants to learn, intern or volunteer in Latin America and is seeking financial assistance to offset their program or living abroad expenses.
The scholarship competition is open to anyone over the age of 18 who has plans to learn, intern or volunteer abroad in one of the following countries for at least one  week:
Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Venezuela.
LIVFund will award two  US$500 scholarships per month to selected recipients.
Applications are accepted year-round.