Faculty Responsibilities

Faculty sponsors play a key role in the success of each Cornell Fellow. Cornell students may not apply for Fellowships nor earn credit for them unless they secure a faculty sponsor for the fellowship experience. Faculty sponsors are asked to:

  • Confer with the prospective Fellow about the role of a sponsor and who would do it most appropriately;
  • Provide a letter of recommendation in support of the fellowship application;
  • Meet with the Fellow to set initial learning objectives for the fellowship;
  • Acquire sufficient familiarity with the host institution to understand each Fellow's program and to assess progress towards the learning objectives;
  • Work with the Fellow to produce a full report of their project and help the Fellow prepare for an on-campus oral presentation of their project as needed;
  • Assist the Fellow to evaluate their completed fellowship and support their preparation of a written summary of the fellowship experience;
  • Visit Cornell Fellow on site if they wish, funded by the program; and,
  • Attend the Cornell Fellows Showcase where their Fellow will deliver a public presentation about their experience.