Cornell Fellows Application
Cornell Fellowships are approximately eight weeks in length and occur throughout the calendar year. Applications may be submitted via JOIN by the third Friday of blocks one, three, five, and seven.
- Preference is given to students who have at least sophomore standing.
- All students selected for fellowships must be enrolled at the College for the entire duration of the fellowship.
- Students must earn academic credit as part of their Cornell Fellowship experience.
- Students completing fellowships during their senior year must be enrolled in at least one course on campus following the conclusion of the fellowship.
- In order to receive funding, students must have a U.S. government issued social security number.
- Students may apply for multiple fellowships, but selection is limited to one fellowship per student.
All applicants should closely follow the fellowship application checklist below as they work through the process of applying for a Cornell Fellowship.
- Secure a faculty sponsor. All Cornell Fellows must have a faculty member who is willing to write a letter of recommendation in support of their fellowship application. The faculty sponsor is also responsible for providing guidance and support to the Cornell Fellow during the fellowship experience. Additionally, some students may opt to earn academic credit for the fellowship and the faculty sponsor will need to approve the proposal for internship credit. The letter of recommendation should be sent directly from your faculty sponsor to the Cornell Fellows Program via campus mail (box 1650) or email to RJ Holmes-Leopold by the third Friday deadline for the fellowship you are applying to.
- Update your resume. A resume outlining your academic, co-curricular, work, volunteer, and leadership experiences is necessary to help the screening committee review your credentials for the fellowship. The resume should be error free and no more than one page in length. All resumes must be reviewed by a staff member in the Career Engagement Center prior to submission to the Cornell Fellows Program.
- Craft a
personal statement. Do not repeat your resume in the personal
this essay is intended to share information that your resume does not.
personal statement is your opportunity to tell the screening committee
are interested in the fellowship, what you are hoping to gain from the
fellowship experience, what you intend to contribute to the fellowship
site, and how the fellowship opportunity is related to your academic and
professional goals. It should be free of grammatical and spelling
errors, double-spaced, and approximately two to three pages in length. Your personal statement must be
reviewed by a staff member in the Career Engagement Center prior to submission to the
Cornell Fellows Program.
- Download unofficial transcript. You will need to submit an unofficial copy of your academic transcript as part of your application. You may submit a PDF copy of the website pages or many students simply copy and paste the website information into a Word document.
- Schedule a mock interview. Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete an in-person mock interview with members of the CEC staff (Megan Hicks or Jason Napoli) prior to their Cornell Fellows interview.
- Submit your application via JOIN. Search for "Cornell Fellowship Application" listed under the Career Engagement Center. You will need to have your JOIN profile completed and a resume uploaded on JOIN before you can access the employment postings. You will also upload your personal statement and unofficial transcript to JOIN. Your faculty letter of recommendation should be sent directly from your faculty sponsor to the Cornell Fellows Program via campus mail (box 1650) or via email to RJ Holmes-Leopold.