There are no scholarship applications open at this time. Check back here in Summer 2021 for our next cycle.
CUNY Baccalaureate students apply for financial aid through their home colleges. In addition, subject to the availability of funding, the program is pleased to offer a number of scholarships and fellowships. These scholarships, funded by a variety of donors, are exclusively for students enrolled in the CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies. Students who meet the basic eligibility criteria are encouraged to apply for these scholarships, as well as scholarships and awards available at their CUNY home colleges and through external organizations.
Newly admitted students who want to apply for any of these scholarships are encouraged to submit their Area of Concentration form(s) by the scholarship application deadline. Students with 90 or more credits must have a graduation audit before the scholarship application deadline.
Prior to submitting your application, we highly recommend that you review your CUNY BA transcript in the self service area of CUNYfirst to be sure it is up-to-date.
Additional Information for Applicants
Writing a strong, well-written application statement: Be sure to answer each question fully and to the best of your ability, cite specific examples in your answers to questions, and proof-read your writing several times. Enlist the help of a friend, colleague, professor, or Writing Center representative to assist you with editing. Typos can be avoided! Also, rather than type your answers directly into the form, type and proof-read them separately, then cut and paste them onto the form.
Letters of recommendation: A letter of recommendation should be written by a faculty member who knows you and your work well. The recommender must email the letter from their official CUNY email account to email@example.com. Please make sure to provide them with this information. It is the responsibility of you—the student and scholarship applicant—to coordinate with the recommender and ensure the letter reaches the firstname.lastname@example.org inbox by the application deadline. CUNY BA will not reach out to your recommender to ask for your recommendation letter.
If you are applying for the Thomas W. Smith Fellowship, your recommendation letter should ideally be written by your CUNY BA faculty mentor. If you are new to the CUNY BA program and do not yet have a mentor, then your recommendation for the Thomas W. Smith Fellowship can be written by another faculty member. Please do not ask a CUNY BA staff member (advisors, directors, etc.) to write you a recommendation. We consider this a conflict of interest.
When asking for a letter, provide the faculty member with information about the scholarship(s) that you are applying for, information about your work and activities (to refresh their memories about your achievements), and meet with them to discuss your application. For more tips, please see these "8 Simple Steps for Requesting a Recommendation Letter," compiled by the University of Maryland.