Fellowship Opportunities

Cornell Fellowships are approximately eight weeks in length and occur throughout the calendar year. Preference is given to students who have at least sophomore standing and all students selected for fellowships must be enrolled at the College for the duration of the fellowship experience. Students may apply for multiple fellowships, but selection is generally limited to one fellowship per student.

A listing of available Cornell Fellowship opportunities is posted here. Information about applying for a Cornell Fellowship is available here.

Fellowships are available in one of four ways:

  1. Students may apply for fellowships that have been developed by the Cornell Fellows Program. These opportunities are ones in which Cornell Fellows has identified the fellowship site, a short-term project, and a site mentor. The general nature of these fellowships are set before students are selected. See the full list of available fellowships to identify options. 
  2. Students may propose a research fellowship developed in collaboration with a faculty member. The personal statement must provide a detailed overview of the research project including the topic, research location(s), and connection to the student's curriculum at the College. Applicants should also provide a draft budget as an addendum to the personal statement. This fellowship is called the "Cornell Fellow in Liberal Arts" in the list of available fellowships

  3. Students may apply for funding through Cornell Fellows to participate in a competitive internship program. In this scenario, students must have applied and been accepted into a competitive internship program offered through a reputable organization (e.g., government agency, corporation, non-profit organization). In addition, the applicant should also provide a brief overview of the organization, project, and site mentor for the internship as part of the personal statement. Applicants choosing this option must provide justification for financial support (i.e. the internship is an unpaid or low-pay opportunity) as an addendum to their personal statement; a draft budget outlining anticipated expenses with anticipated income is sufficient. Please note that Cornell Fellows funding support is generally limited to supporting housing, transportation, food, and supply expenses for students. Proposals which include the use of fellowship funds to support administrative program fees charged by organizations to have a student participate in their program may not be considered. This fellowship is called the "Cornell Fellow in Liberal Arts" in the list of available fellowships

  4. Students may propose a fellowship that has been created specifically for them. Students may partner with a reputable organization (e.g., government agency, corporation, non-profit organization) to create a high-level internship and propose the opportunity to the Cornell Fellows Program to be designated as a fellowship through the College. The personal statement should include the standard elements but also include a brief overview of the organization, project, site mentor, and timeline for the internship. Applicants choosing this option must provide justification for financial support (i.e. the internship is an unpaid or low-pay opportunity) as an addendum to their personal statement; a draft budget outlining anticipated expenses with anticipated income is sufficient. Please note that Cornell Fellows funding support is generally limited to supporting housing, transportation, food, and supply expenses for students. Proposals which include the use of fellowship funds to support administrative program fees charged by organizations to have a student participate in their program may not be considered. This fellowship is called the "Cornell Fellow in Liberal Arts" in the list of available fellowships

Students who choose to apply for a Cornell Fellowship via options two, three, or four should provide a draft personal statement and budget to RJ Holmes-Leopold to review prior to having the documents reviewed by the Career Engagement Center and submitted to the Cornell Fellows Program. The purpose of the initial review is to provide feedback on content to make sure all appropriate information expected by the screening committee is included in the application.