This page contains information you will need to submit a successful Opportunities Fund Application. Incomplete and late applications will not be reviewed. Please carefully review each section below to ensure proper submission of your application. You may also print an overview of the application process by clicking on the button below.

Access Periods

Applications for the Opportunities Fund will be accepted only during two access periods, fall and spring.

Students will still be able to apply for funding for summer items and programs from the Opportunities Fund. For summer expenses, students must either apply for an advance during the spring access period or for a reimbursement during the fall access period, depending on which is appropriate for the type of request. Check with your Macaulay Advisor for exact access period dates.

Grant Types

  1. Advances:  In some cases, it is appropriate to request a grant before a funded activity takes place.  This type of application is called an “advance.”  If you apply for an advance, you must supply both a detailed budget and quotes or other material documenting the cost of your proposed activities.
  2. Reimbursements:  In some cases, it is appropriate to request a grant after you have engaged in an academic activity.  This type of application is called a “reimbursement.”  However, please be aware that reimbursements for any particular activity are not guaranteed.  The Opportunities Fund Committee may deny reimbursement requests for activities that are not adequately justified or properly documented.  You will then be responsible for any such expenses. 
  3. You must request all reimbursements during the first access period following the activity for which you are requesting reimbursement.  Late applications for reimbursements will not be approved.

Application Procedure for Students

Consider your academic goals carefully before you apply to access the Opportunities Fund. Speak with your Macaulay Advisor before you submit an application. Your Advisor will assist you in choosing your activities and writing a successful grant proposal.

Reminder: Your Opportunities Fund request is not automatically guaranteed. First, read the eligibility criteria to confirm you are eligible to apply for funding. Second, review the overview for funding activities section to confirm your activity is eligible for funding.

  1. Review all information on the Opportunities Fund webpage prior to filling out an application.
  2. Download, print, and complete the Opportunities Fund application appropriate to your request.
    Complete Opportunities Fund Checklist:
    • Fill in the information on the top of the Application Student Checklist
    • Read each item carefully
    • Complete all relevant tasks as well as the check-offs. If unsure, ask your Macaulay Advisor.
    • Sign and date at the bottom of the checklist

    Your Macaulay Advisor may set earlier deadlines for you to submit draft applications in order to advise you more effectively.

  3. Assemble the Opportunities Fund Application in the following order: checklist, application, statement of justification, relevant documentation, and Opportunities Fund quiz confirmation. 
  4. Submit your assembled application package to your Macaulay Advisor during an official access period. 

Important Opportunities Fund and Travel Policy Changes
—Effective January 28, 2013

There are policy changes for students traveling away/abroad. Effective January 28, students who plan to (1) request reimbursements from the Opportunities Fund for activities (e.g. service, internships, research fieldwork, graduate school visits, conferences) taking place away* or abroad or (2)  use the activity to fulfill the Macaulay study abroad/internship requirement must submit the appropriate travel waiver to their Macaulay Advisor before beginning the activity. Please note this policy is already in effect for Study Abroad.
 
Students who do not submit waivers in advance will not be eligible to apply for funding or use the activity for the Macaulay study abroad/internship requirement.
 
Please note that submission of the waiver does not guarantee funding from the Opportunities Fund.
 
*“Away” is defined as activities taking place outside the five boroughs of New York City.
 
Some campuses may require students to submit an Opportunities Fund Application along with the Travel Waiver and schedule a pre-departure meeting with the Macaulay Advisor.  Please speak to your Advisor about this requirement.

 

Note:

You must submit the CUNY International Travel Participation, Waiver and Emergency Contact Form with your application if you request funding for a non-CUNY-sponsored study abroad program.

You must submit the CUNY Independent Travel Notification, Waiver, and Emergency Contact Form with your application if you request funding for the following non-CUNY sponsored international activities: Internships, fieldwork, research, service, academic conferences, honors project experiences, graduate school visits, and professional development.

You must submit the CUNY Off-Campus Activity Participation, Waiver and Emergency Contact Form with your application if you request funding for activities taking place outside the 5 boroughs of New York City but within the 50 states of the United States.

Approval Process

  1. If your Macaulay Advisor approves your application, he/she will forward it to the Opportunities Fund Committee for review. Incomplete or late applications will not be reviewed.
  2. The Opportunities Fund Committee meets twice a year at the end of each access period and makes final decisions.  Approval of applications is not automatic, and applying for funding does not guarantee approval. There are no appeals of the Committee’s decision.
  3. Applications are evaluated based on appropriateness of activity, strength of statement, supporting documentation and completed application.
  4. Once the Committee has met and reviewed all applications, the Associate Director of Scholarships and Grants will notify you whether your application has been approved.
  5. Opportunities Funds may only be used for approved items or activities.  If you anticipate a change in the purpose of approved funds, you must contact your Macaulay Advisor and the Associate Director of Scholarships and Grants immediately.
  6. Any funds used for items or activities not approved by the Committee must be returned. You will be responsible for costs incurred.
  7. Students receiving an advance must submit documentation to the Associate Director of Scholarships and Grants indicating that they have paid for all items and programs approved by the Committee, according to the Documentation Deadline.

CISI Insurance

Students who purchase health insurance through CISI can access a wide variety of services by going to the CISI website. Your policy information, coverage plan information, and consulate letter are viewable and printable through this site. You can also access:

  • Personal Security Assistance Information
  • CISI Emergency Contact Information
  • Overseas Doctors Search
  • Travel Warning Information
  • Travel Alert Information
  • Country Profile Information
  • Health & Vaccination Recommendations
You are strongly encouraged to explore the website and gather as much information as possible prior to traveling.

Documentation Deadline

Students must submit documentation indicating that they have paid for all items and programs approved by the Opportunities Fund.

STUDY ABROAD
The documentation deadline for study abroad programs differs, as it is based on the semester of participation in the program. The deadline for study abroad programs is as follows:   

TERM OF PARTICIPATIONDOCUMENTATION DEADLINE
Fall SemesterFirst day of spring semester
Winter IntersessionFirst day of spring semester
Spring SemesterFirst day of fall semester
Summer SessionFirst day of fall semester

 

INTERNSHIPS/RESEARCH
Documentation for internships/research should be submitted at the completion of the internship/research.

ALL OTHER FUNDED ITEMS, ACTIVITIES, AND PROGRAMS
Students must submit documentation indicating that they have paid for all items and programs approved by the Opportunities Fund. Deadline: Documentation must be submitted no later than the last day of classes in the semester in which approval was received. For example, documentation of a professional development request approved during the fall access period must be submitted no later than the last day of classes in the fall semester.

Students who do not provide documentation by the deadline will receive a bill and be required to return all approved funding. 

Carolina Ruiz
Macaulay Honors College
35 West 67th Street
New York, NY 10023

Receipts can also be submitted by email at Carolina.Ruiz@mhc.cuny.edu or faxed to (212) 580-8130 (Attn: Carolina Ruiz).

Opportunities Fund Overview
Sample Statements