Cornell Fellowships and Funding
Cornell funding is decided during the application process, but some outside fellowships have different application processes and deadlines. The following financial sources are some of the numerous opportunities available that offer additional support from Cornell.
American Association of University Women (AAUW)
The AAUW is the world's largest source of funding for women's graduate fellowships.
Clarence S. Stein Awards for Research, Teaching, and Community Service
Each year, the Clarence S. Stein Institute makes awards of up to $15,000 in each of three categories: research, teaching, and community service. Proposals should be related to the ideas and works of Clarence S. Stein as outlined in his book, Toward New Towns in America. Awards encompass the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, planning, and suburban and urban development. Applications are due in the spring.
- Category A: Research One-year thesis and multi-year dissertation fellowship awards are encouraged. These proposals generally make use of the vast archival collection of dozens of designers in Stein's era, available in the Carl A. Kroch Library. In addition, proposals are being solicited to support other forms of collaborative research work with faculty, students, and outside experts in urban and landscape studies. For example, support might be sought for research leading to a new National Historic Landmark nomination for a Stein-designed suburb.
- Category B: Teaching Proposals will also be entertained to support short courses, fund a speakers" series or colloquia, or underwrite the expenses of visiting practitioners to participate in courses at Cornell University. Teaching support could also fund a fieldwork course that would examine the issues that Stein raised in an off-campus urban or suburban location, assuming the academic sponsorship and approval of Cornell faculty. Student-led initiatives are invited, with or without direct faculty supervision.
- Category C: Community Service Community service proposals are also solicited. A member of the faculty should direct this collaborative work that might include community-based learning, particularly in Stein-designed communities. Alternatively, a proposal might support a design charrette to advance creative solutions exploring Stein's ideas for a landscape. Internship support connected to a Stein design is also possible, as is the development of publication or publication subventions for Stein-related projects.
For more information regarding project requirements, deadlines, and application process, please contact Stephan Schmidt, Director of the Clarence S. Stein Institute Committee.
Conference Grants (Graduate School)
Full-time, registered students in a graduate RESEARCH degree program (M.A./M.S., M.F.A., Ph.D.) who are invited to present papers or posters at professional conferences may apply for grants to help cover expenses related to conference participation including travel, lodging, and conference fees. The application deadline is the first day of the month preceding the month during which the conference is scheduled. For example, a conference that starts in April would have a deadline of March 1. Awards are announced two weeks after the deadline. Students who have not received confirmation that their paper has been accepted by the application deadline may apply and provide the appropriate documentation once it becomes available. Applications are available in the Funding and Financial Aid section of the Forms page on the Graduate School website.
Cornell Online Fellowship Notebook
The Cornell Online Fellowship Notebook website contains all of the information that the Graduate Fellowship office has accumulated about outside fellowships.
A free scholarship-searching service, FASTWEB offers both domestic and international fellowships.
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships
FLAS fellowships support advanced training in foreign languages (excluding certain Western European languages and areas). Applicants do not need to be proficient in the language to apply. Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible. Awards provide a nine-month stipend and tuition fees. All FLAS fellows receive the balance of tuition from the Graduate School. Ph.D. students who receive FLAS awards also receive a stipend supplement to bring the award to the nine-month assistantship minimum, and individual Cornell Student Health Insurance (SHIP). Applications, usually due in late January, are available from the individual graduate field offices, and fellowships are decided during the spring.
Graduate School Fellowships in support of diversity
These fellowships are designed to increase the diversity of Cornell's graduate student population, and available to the entering students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. To be considered for these competitive awards, students must submit a supplemental essay with their application that addresses how the following criteria apply: 1) a history of overcoming disadvantage; 2) first-generation college student; 3) raised in a single-parent household; 4) member of an underrepresented minority group (American Indian or Alaskan native, Black/African American, Mexican American, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, Puerto Rican, other Hispanic). The fellowships pay full tuition and fees each year, and certain departments offer a partial graduate assistantship stipend. Fellowships are decided in the spring prior to first entering year. Visit the Graduate School website for more information.
Institute of International Education (IIE)
The IIE offers scholarships, training, exchange, and leadership programs for international students.
International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX)
IREX administers Muskie graduate fellowships for international students from several Eurasian counties.
International Research Travel Grant
The Mario Einaudi Center and its associated programs sponsor the International Research Travel Grants. These grants provide travel support for Cornell University graduate students conducting short-term research and/or field work in countries outside the U.S. Applicants must be enrolled in an approved Ph.D. or masters degree program at Cornell University. They must also show proof that they have applied for funding from the director of graduate studies in their own fields of study. The application deadline is early February.
NAFSA: Association of International Educators
Visit the NAFSA financial aid website or call them at (202) 462-4811 to hear a phone recording about financial aid (ask for the recording on financial aid). NAFSA can be reached by mail at 1307 New York Avenue NW, Eighth Floor, Washington, DC 20005; or by phone at (202) 737-3699.
National Science Foundation
The NSF offers graduate research fellowships including Women in Engineering and Computer and Information Science awards. Applications for NSF graduate fellowships can also be submitted electronically from their website. Fellowships are for U.S. citizens only.
Full-time registered students in the Graduate School can apply for awards for research-related travel in the U.S. and abroad. These grants are intended for travel during the academic year that is directly related to dissertation research. Priority is given to Ph.D. students who have or will have passed the "A" Exam prior to initiating their travel and to those conducting predissertation research. Travel may be between several weeks to months in duration. applications are available in the Funding and Financial Aid section of the Forms page on the Graduate School website, and are due in early November.
Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards
Outstanding applicants to the professional and post-professional Master of Architecture (M.Arch. and M.Arch.II) programs who request consideration for financial aid on their application form will be considered for scholarships that offer partial tuition. These scholarships are renewable each year, based on academic performance.
Third-year professional M.Arch. students may apply for a limited number of partial teaching assistantships. Teaching assistants provide supplementary instruction and other assistance within the various areas of study offered by the college. Full teaching assistantships carry a stipend plus full tuition; partial assistantships are also offered. The Graduate School's cost and funding website contains a wealth of information, as well as loans and assistantships for both entering and continuing students.
Students in the three-semester, post-professional M.Arch.II program are eligible to apply for special teaching appointments that are granted upon the conclusion of the program in August each year. Teaching fellows are offered for the duration of one or two terms to outstanding candidates in the program. Fellowships come with a monetary award to support continuing design research work and for nominal teaching assistance during the fellowship period. At the end of this period fellows are required to publish their work in the form of an exhibition and/or lecture, and a print-ready folio.
Ph.D. and M.S. students are eligible for support ranging from scholarships to teaching assistantships.
HAUD Ph.D. students are offered a package that includes both fellowship and teaching assistantship support with tuition, stipend, health insurance, and summer stipends. Most students receive fellowship support for their first and fourth years, and receive teaching assistantships for their second and third years. In addition, students have received teaching assistantships outside the department in the following areas: American Studies Program, John S. Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines; Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies; and Science and Technology Studies. Cornell offers other fellowship opportunities to minority students. Students are required to apply for outside fellowships for work on their dissertations. In recent years, HAUD students have received support from the Graham Foundation, Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS), Social Science Research Council (SSRC), the Kress Foundation, and the Society for the Humanities at Cornell. Other funding opportunities include residence hall assistantships which typically cover room and board. Limited funds are also available from the Graduate School, various programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as the architecture department to support travel to conferences for students delivering a paper, and to help defray research travel expenses.
Tuition Remission and Graduate Assistantships
Tuition remission is determined during the admission process. Graduate assistantship stipends are required in the M.F.A. program, and include a minimum of six hours in the classroom. Both tuition remission and graduate assistantships can vary from year to year, depending on the exact amount of yearly academic support available.
Many professors and some administrators may have hourly work available. M.A. and M.R.P. students are paid $10 to $13 per hour, and can work up to 20 hours per week. During semesters when a student receives a GTRS/GA stipend, they may only work a maximum of 14 hours in addition to their GA assignment. Ph.D. students may accept up to six hours of hourly work.
Fellowships and Scholarships
This fellowship is awarded jointly by the department and the Telluride Association, a campus and national organization. The award includes room and board at Telluride House, plus a stipend of $19,000 with a partial tuition award (from CRP) for two years of residency in the M.R.P. program. The fellowship is offered in alternate years, and is available for 2015-16. Students that are accepted into the M.R.P. program receive an application in February, which is due in March. The fellowship is awarded in April.
Miller-Sidgwick International Exchange Scholarships
Cornell students interested in studying at Central European University in Budapest for the academic year, or for one semester during that year, are encouraged to apply for the Telluride Association's Miller-Sidgwick International Exchange Scholarships. The scholarship provides tuition, a living stipend, university housing, and health insurance for one year or one semester of study at any department at Central European University. Telluride House members and graduate students and undergraduates who are within two years of graduation in the department of History, the program in Medieval Studies, CIPA, and CRP are welcome to apply.
National Society of Women Descendents of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company
Scholarships for women enrolled in a graduate program in Historic Preservation are available. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Scholarships of $300 to $500 are awarded; the deadline to apply is in August. For information, contact the National Society of Women Descendants of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, Scholarship Committee, Nancy B. Cobos, President, 1475 Freetown Drive, Reston, VA 20191-2527.
All students who receive financial support (assistantship, fellowship, travel awards, etc.) must register for the summer at no charge. This includes participants in the cooperative internship and Urban Scholars programs. Summer registration usually starts during the last week of the spring semester and students may register online.
Departmental Travel and Research Grants
Graduate students who wish to attend a conference (i.e., ACSP, APA, PN etc.) or receive research travel funding, can apply for conference travel funding from the department. Prior to attending, the student must complete a Student Financial Commitment form indicating the conference and the estimated budget for expenses. If approved for funding, upon return to campus, the student can then complete an AAP Travel Reimbursement Form with receipts for a reimbursement of a portion of the total expenses to the Business Service Center, 140 E. Sibley Hall. Limited funds for research travel may also be available.
Graduate Student Cooperative Internship Program
Since 1990, CRP has partnered with many local, regional, and national organizations to offer summer internships to graduate students. With the aid of a subsidy from the Graduate School, the department offers stipends for 10-week, 20 hours per week summer research or professional work internships. In cooperation, CRP asks the participating organization to match the grant for the internship period. Normally, the stipends are awarded to students between the first and second years in the M.R.P. and M.A. programs. The internship program provides students with an opportunity to begin research in their specific field of interest and gain valuable firsthand experience. The maximum 20-hour work week provides students with an opportunity to get an early start on their final exit projects.
Applications for the summer internship program are available in December. Students are strongly encouraged to seek out specific internships in which they are interested and either contact the organization themselves or provide the organization's contact information to the internship coordinator so that program information can be submitted to the organization. A list of interested employers and their required materials for application is available starting in February in a presentation binder in B1 West Sibley Hall. Applications for summer support are due by late March indicating the specific internship being applied for, and goals for summer. Students selected to receive a grant will be notified in late April, but the internship coordinator must receive a letter of intent from the organization offering the internship.
Students receiving a grant must register with Cornell for the summer, and sign the Internship Summer Funding Acceptance letter. Opportunities for travel grants may also be available to supplement the internship.
Paul D. Coverdell Fellows/USA offers returning Peace Corps volunteers (RPCVs) the opportunity to integrate two years of graduate study with a funded summer placement. This provides an opportunity for RPCVs to continue their service to those in need while completing a program of academic study. RPCVs spend their first year in the M.R.P. classroom completing core course requirements and augmenting their skills with relevant elective courses. This includes coursework in research methods and project design which helps prepare Fellows/USA students for their summer internship.
Over the summer, Paul D. Coverdell Fellows/USA participants will receive staff support in identifying and generating diverse summer internships in fields and locations of their choice. These internships typically provide stipends of $3,750 to be awarded on a 50-50 basis, combining Cornell and employer matching funds. Following the completion of their summer internship, Paul D. Coverdell Fellows/USA students return to campus to complete their second and final year of coursework. Upon completion of the 60 required units of coursework and submission of their independent writing requirement, participants are eligible to receive their M.R.P. professional degree. For more information on Paul D. Coverdell Fellows/USA, contact Stephan Schmidt, director of graduate studies, or visit the Peace Corps website.