The Joseph S. Murphy Scholarship for Diversity in Labor is dedicated to the purpose of fostering diverse leadership in the labor movement and in the academic discipline of labor studies.

Over the past 50 years, the demographics of the U.S. labor force have changed significantly, with dramatic increases in the number of women and people of color. The racial and gender composition of national union leadership, however, does not adequately reflect these changing demographics. The field of labor studies reflects a similar imbalance in representation.

In supporting students committed to diversity and excellence, the scholarship program seeks to make a significant contribution toward redressing existing imbalances in these fields.

In 2013, then-Chancellor of The City University of New York Matthew Goldstein announced the creation of a new challenge-grant scholarship for students entering the labor studies programs at the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies. This multi-year commitment would provide scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students in the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies MA in Labor Studies and BA in Urban and Community Studies degree programs. The scholarship program and the Institute are named after former Chancellor of the City University of New York Joseph S. Murphy.

Scholarship Application

The Scholarship application is available to both current students at the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies and other applicants currently not enrolled at CUNY SLU.

To be eligible for this scholarship, admission to the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies is required prior to scholarship application.

The Joseph S. Murphy Scholarship awards two-year scholarships of up to $30,000 (graduate students) and up to $20,000 (undergraduate students), pro-rated on the basis of enrollment status. This scholarship is open to students applying to the MA in Labor Studies program or the BA in Urban and Community Studies program with a concentration in labor studies. To be eligible, undergraduate students must have earned 60 or more credits at a prior college with at least a 2.5 GPA, and graduate students must have earned at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA in their prior undergraduate-level work. Questions about the application process should be directed to the SLU Scholarship Office at

The application submission deadline for the Diversity Scholarship is March 24, 2020 at 11:59 PM.

REQUIRED Early Admission Program Application due March 3, 2020 to be eligible for Diversity Scholarship.

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