The Mayor’s Graduate Scholarship Program (MGSP) – 2020/2021 Application Period

Subject: The Mayor’s Graduate Scholarship Program (MGSP) – 2020/2021 Application Period


The Mayor’s Graduate Scholarship Program (MGSP) offers City government employees the opportunity to explore and learn new skills and concepts at participating colleges and universities in the New York City area. City government employees can compete for scholarships for graduate study in areas such as business and public administration, policy analysis, law, education, engineering, nursing, public health, computer science, and social work.


Participating schools (see link below) fund full or partial graduate scholarships for City government employees selected through the program. The filing period for the 2020/2021 scholarship year is now open. The deadline for submitting your application is Friday, November 15, 2019. All interested employees should take full advantage of this worthwhile opportunity.


To qualify for the program, you must:

  • Be a full-time City employee
  • Have a bachelor’s degree by the start of the fall 2020 semester
  • Remain a full-time City government employee throughout your course of study
  • Meet the minimum scholarship requirements at the school(s) you plan on applying to for graduate study

For an overview of the application process, please review the MGSP Program Presentation.


The links provided below, including the application, can also be found on MGSP’s main website, NYC MGSP. The website provides tips on completing the application process for a MGSP scholarship:


Application Process
Step One FAQ Sheet (frequently asked questions and answers about the program)
Step Two Scholarship Offering Guide (indicates the schools and the degree programs participating in MGSP – Information posted in this guide is subject to change without notice.)
Step Three Application (Fill-in) (type all information including name on cover page, attach documentation and print out application with cover page – photocopies of original application are not acceptable).
Step Four Sample Letter of Intent (notification of scholarship application)
Step Five Submit to your Agency Personnel Office by November 15, 2019.
Step Six Submit confirmation to the MGSP office that the school has received your school application by the dates indicated in the Scholarship Offering Guide.


All completed applications must be submitted to me in Human Resources by Friday, November 15, 2019.


For any questions regarding:

  • The program in general, contact MGSP directly via this online form.
  • The admissions requirements and curriculum of degree programs in which you may be interested, contact the participating college/university.