The following is information about scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year. If you have a question about the availability of a particular scholarship for this year, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

Opportunity Scholarship

For All New Students

All newly admitted students are considered for the CIIS Opportunity Scholarships, which range from $1,500 to $3,000. A separate institutional application is not needed for this scholarship. Awards are determined primarily on financial need. In order to be eligible for an Opportunity Scholarship, domestic students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

International students wishing to apply for an Opportunity Scholarship should fill out this form and return it to the Financial Aid Office.

Quick facts/guidelines: Opportunity Scholarship

  • Opportunity Scholarships are on a first-come-first-serve basis
  • Complete the most current FAFSA as soon as possible
  • You must be fully admitted and enrolled full time
  • International students do not need to complete a FAFSA - Please complete the International Student Scholarship Application form below and return it to Scott Louie in the Financial Aid Office.

Many of the scholarships listed below are funded by gifts from donors. The CIIS Development Office may contact you to write a letter of thanks for a donor-sponsored scholarship.

For all questions about your scholarship (both Opportunity and donor-funded), including changes in eligibility due to extenuating circumstances, please contact the Financial Aid Office. 

Scholarships Requiring an Application

The following scholarships must be applied for through the Financial Aid Office. These scholarships have different opening and closing deadlines so please check dates below. Please refer to the web form below or click the link above to download the application instructions, requirements, and form for scholarships requiring an application.

$5000 Diversity Scholarship for School Year 2019-2020

CIIS is a university deeply committed to diversity, inclusion, and advocating for social justice. The university, guided by these principles, is offering forty $5,000 Diversity Scholarships for the academic year 2019-2020. In line with our institutional mission of embracing traditions that enhance social and political liberation, these scholarships are intended to support the recruitment of a diverse student body, particularly students historically underrepresented in higher education. Apply for the spring 2020 semester by December 1, 2019 by submitting the application below. Start the Diversity Scholarship application now!

Angeles Arrien Scholarships

In honor of Angeles Arrien who founded CIIS's Anthropology program, a scholarship of $2,500 is awarded annually to new students who demonstrate a commitment to working in areas of Preservation of Cultural Heritage, Multi-Cultural Bridging and Collaborative Efforts, Elder Support, and Youth Support. Students in the Anthropology and Social Change Program are given priority in awarding this scholarship. Renewable for a second year depending on satisfactory academic progress. Application period: May 1 - June 30.

Auen Foundation Scholarships

Three scholarships of $2,500 each will be provided to second and third year Community Mental Health students who commit to two semesters of community service. Application period: Aug. 1 - Sept. 15.

Chuan & Chun Yeung Memorial Scholarship

Three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded annually to ACTCM@CIIS students who have an interest in the healing properties of Chinese medicinal herbs. Application period: Aug. 1 - Sept. 15.

Cultural Integration Fellowship Integral Scholarships

Through the annual support of the Cultural Integration Fellowship, CIIS's long-time sister organization, two $2,500 scholarships are awarded to graduate students conducting approved integral studies research. Application period: Aug. 1 - Sept. 15.

Richard G. Meech Anima Mundi Scholarship

One scholarship of $10,000 will be awarded annually to one Canadian applicant, either resident or online, to the MA or Ph.D. program of the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program. Priority will be given to Canadian candidates who are applying in the midcareer or late-career phase of their lives. While priority will be given to Canadians, in the event the Selection Committee determines that there are no qualified Canadian applicants, other foreign applicants may be considered. Scholarship applicants must demonstrate a resonance with core values central to Richard Meech’s values, including ecological and planetary spirituality, indigenous wisdom, integral ecology, plant medicine, and the importance of the sacred. This scholarship may be renewed at CIIS’ discretion. Applicants are encouraged to read The Journey of Richard G. Meech, which can be found at this link.
Application period: July 15 - Aug. 15.

Robert Joseph & Wilhelmina Kranzke Endowed Scholarships

The Robert Joseph and Wilhelmina Ann Kranzke Research Scholarships are awards of up to $5,000 per year for research and study of psychedelic/entheogenic plants or substances; up to two awards may be made each year if appropriate projects are selected by the Kranzke Committee. Scholarships are for institutional tuition credit only, and are not a cash award. The research project can be made from a range of perspectives, including psychology of consciousness, historical, literary, ethnographic, shamanic, spiritual, therapeutic, indigenous or traditional healing practices, educational, and others to be determined by the Kranzke committee. Click here for the complete guidelines to the Kranzke Research Scholarship.
Deadlines: June 15 for Fall awards;  January 15 for Spring awards

Awarded Scholarships

The following scholarships are awarded annually through the recommendations of CIIS faculty in collaboration with the Financial Aid Office or solely by the Financial Aid Office based on the financial need of students. There is no application for these scholarships.

Haridas & Bina Chaudhuri Endowed Memorial Scholarships

In honor of CIIS's founders, Haridas and Bina Chaudhuri, up to three $1,000 scholarships are awarded to students from India each year.

China Initiative Scholarships

Established by an anonymous gift from two alumni, CIIS will offer two to four scholarships of $1,500-$5,000 each per year to first year students from China.

CIIS Alumni Scholarships

Each year one student from three of CIIS's schools — the School of Professional Psychology & Health, the School of Consciousness and Transformation, and the School of Undergraduate Studies — is awarded a scholarship supported by the annual donations of CIIS alumni. Scholarships are for $1,000.

CIIS Faculty & Staff Scholarships

Each year one student from three of CIIS's schools — the School of Professional Psychology & Health, the School of Consciousness and Transformation, and the School of Undergraduate Studies — is awarded a scholarship supported by the annual donations of CIIS faculty and staff. Scholarships are for $1,000.

CIIS Trustee Scholarships

Each year one student from three of CIIS's schools — the School of Professional Psychology & Health, the School of Consciousness and Transformation, and the School of Undergraduate Studies — is awarded a scholarship supported by the annual donations of CIIS's Board of Trustees. Scholarships are for $1,000.

Asia Cummings Endowed Memorial Scholarships

Through donations from the Ernest Christian Klipstein Foundation and other donors, each year two students in the Bachelor of Arts Completion Program will receive a $2,500 scholarship.

Samuel Benjamin Hanser Endowed Memorial Scholarships

In memory of CIIS Somatic student Samuel B. Hanser, The Samuel B. Hanser Memorial Trust supports one $2,000 scholarship for a Somatic Psychology student annually.

Michael & Gityjoon Hebel Scholarships

Michael & Gityjoon Hebel Scholarships will support CIIS students in Asian Studies. Priority will be given to students in the Asian Philosophies and Cultures program. Scholarships range from $2,000 to $5,000. 

Elizabeth J. McCormack Scholarships

Elizabeth J. McCormack served for many years as Chair of the CIIS Board of Trustees and received an Honorary Doctorate from CIIS in 2011. In her honor, two scholarships of $2,500 each are awarded annually.

The MCJ Amelior Foundation Scholarships

The MCJ Amelior Foundation supports scholarships in varying amounts for Drama Therapy students; these scholarships are available depending on external funding.

Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness Scholarships

The Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness (PCC) Scholarships of $2,000 each are awarded to newly admitted MA and/or PhD PCC students with financial need with demonstrated academic success and intellectual alignment with the mission and goals of the PCC program. Anywhere from one to five students may be awarded the PCC Scholarship in any single year. 

The John & Lisa Pritzker Family Fund Scholarships

The Pritzker Family Fund supports three scholarships annually of $5,000 each for Community Mental Health students.

Laurance S. Rockefeller Memorial Scholarships

The late Laurance S. Rockefeller remains CIIS's single largest benefactor and he is the namesake for CIIS's library. Two scholarships of $2,500 each are awarded in his honor annually.

ACTCM@CIIS Scholarships

ACTCM@CIIS students are eligible for the following scholarships.

ACTCM@CIIS Community Scholarship

ACTCM@CIIS alumni, faculty, staff, board members, and clinic patients are invested in the future of our students. The generous support of our community provides three $1,000 scholarships.

Abby and Frank Heydman Scholarship

Former President of the ACTCM Board of Directors Abby Heydman and her husband Frank sponsor one ACTCM@CIIS student to receive a $1,500 scholarship.

Chuan & Chun Yeung Memorial Scholarship

Three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded annually to ACTCM@CIIS students who have an interest in the healing properties of Chinese medicinal herbs. Requires an application (see above for process); application period: Aug. 1 - Sept. 15.

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