This page is a compilation of funding resources across the College and Cornell departments that A&S students can pursue for travel, research, professional development, and more. For most updated information, we encourage you to follow the links below to the funding source page.
If you would like to provide updates to the listings below or would like us to add a new listing, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. In your email, include the information that you would like to update/add and a link to the funding page, if possible.
Professional Development Funding
The Professional Development (PD) Fund, established by generous alumni donations, provides funding to support or supplement the career development needs of undergraduate students with financial need. Students with demonstrated financial need are eligible to apply for funding, in accordance with eligibility requirements.
The PD Fund can support the following:
- Travel to interviews for internships or full-time employment
- Travel to Accepted Student Days for Graduate/Professional School
- Travel to interviews for Graduate/Professional School
- Purchase of professional clothing for interviews, networking, etc.
- Conference attendance and associated travel
- Graduate/professional school application fees
- Graduate/professional school admissions test fees and test prep courses
For more information about eligibility and funding process or to apply for funding visit the Professional Development Funding page.
A&S CAREER CONNECTIONS committee EVENT TRAVEL FUNDING
Through generous alumni donations, A&S Career Development provides funding for the cost of student travel to attend A&S Career Connections Networking Events, held over Winter and Summer breaks in NYC and DC. More information is available on the Arts & Sciences Career Connections Networking Event page.
The department offers Asian Studies Summer Study, Research, and Service Travel Grants from the Yasuko Nakanishi-Whitman Memorial Gift Fund for Japanese Language Studies and the Irene M. Anderson Summer Travel Scholarship for culture study and experience in East Asia. For more information, visit the Asian Studies website.
CHINA-ASIAN PACIFIC STUDIES (CAPS)
CAPS subsidizes travel for undergraduate students attending the mandatory semester in Beijing at Peking University. Find more information on the CAPS website.
The department of Classics offers grants for students who want to study Latin and Greek. The program, funded by the Beatrice R. Kanders Memorial Scholarship, offers up to $6,000 to cover the cost of tuition, housing, site visits, course materials and travel to/from program destinations. Information about summer courses in Greek and Latin >
Comparative literature majors can apply for the Edgar Rosenberg Travel Grant for language study outside of the United States. Students may request funding to study any foreign language at any level. The application deadline is typically the end of March. Students should review eligibility requirements on the Edgar Rosenberg Travel Grant page. Questions can be directed to email@example.com.
The Department of Government offers funding for student travel, including grants to cover the costs of attending and presenting at a conference. Undergraduates writing an honors thesis can request funds to help pay for research related to their thesis. At the graduate level, the government department provides supplemental summer funding, which might cover international travel. For more information, contact the director of undergraduate or graduate studies.
THE HARRY CAPLAN TRAVEL FELLOWSHIPS
The College of Arts & Sciences offers two (2) Harry Caplan Travel Fellowships, in honor of one of the College’s most beloved teachers and scholars of classics. Awards of $5,000 for summer travel to Europe or the Near East are available for juniors who have serious and developed interest in some aspect of the subjects Harry Caplan loved: ancient Greek and Latin cultures; medieval Latin literature, especially drama; ancient Jewish culture; and rhetoric.
Interested juniors should submit a short essay outlining the project they would like to use the fellowship for and explaining its background in their studies to date. A committee of the college will select the winners based on both the short essay and scholarly performance. Students on financial aid should not refrain from applying because Cornell will compensate the expectations for summer earnings.
New York Recruiting Consortium TRAVEL FUNDING
Through generous alumni donations, A&S Career Development provides funding for students to attend interviews at the New York Recruiting Consortium (NYRC), typically hosted in early January in NYC. Find more information on the New York Recruiting Consortium Funding page.
The department offers three travel grants:
- The Stirling A. Colgate Award supports enhanced excellence in physics/ astrophysics, including, but not limited to, annual awards to an undergraduate general physics student for travel assistance, staff assistance, scientific equipment, lectures and similar projects.
- The Albert Silverman Memorial Award supports travel by graduate students in high energy physics.
- The Douglas Fitchen Memorial Award supports student travel abroad to study, pursue research, or participate in international physics-related events held outside the United States.
For more information, contact the director of undergraduate or graduate studies.
Romance Studies provides two Madrid Travel Awards each year to students attending the Summer Program in Madrid. Find out more about the program at the School for Continuing Education website.
RUTH BIERMAN LINNICK '60 MEMORIAL TRAVEL FUND
Thanks to the generous support from the family and friends of Ruth Bierman Linnick '60, this grant provides funding to female undergraduates, with the exception of first-year students and second-semester seniors, who receive grant-based financial aid or student loans that cover a significant percent of their education.
The fund provides up to $2,500 is for students who wish to travel for pleasure, adventure and exploration over the summer break. The fund is not to be used to support students traveling as part of a study abroad program, internships, research projects, conferences or any other academic or career focused endeavor.
Application typically opens at the beginning February. The application deadline is March 15, 2020. If you have questions about the fund, please contact Richard Keller in the College of Arts and Sciences Student Services office.
SOCIETY FOR THE HUMANITIES
Thanks to a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Society for the Humanities offers the Timothy Murray Graduate Travel Grants each year. Grants up to $1,000 are awarded to post-A exam graduate students whose primary field of study is in the humanities.
Numerous grants and awards are available for undergraduate and graduate research. Many undergraduate opportunities are listed on the College of Arts & Sciences' research website.
ETHICS & PUBLIC LIFE PROGRAM
Through the generosity of friends of Robert S. Hatfield '37, the Program on Ethics and Public Life grants The Hatfield Award for the Study of Ethics in Business to support research and study of ethics in business conducted by Cornell undergraduate students. graduate students and faculty. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
ANDREW KOHUT FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research fellowship is open to both graduate and undergraduate Cornell students. Kohut Fellows will (1) engage in their own original public opinion-focused research project using data from the Roper Center archives; (2) learn about the methods and techniques of survey research and other forms of public opinion research, analysis, and dissemination; and (3) participate in Roper Center supervised projects at a level appropriate to their abilities, training and educational goals (10 hours/week). Kohut Fellows will receive a $4,000 stipend for the summer.
Applications are typically due early March. More information is available on the Roper Center website
Summer Experience Grant
The Summer Experience Grant (SEG) is a collection of summer funding awards that provide financial support for students to complete summer unpaid or minimally paid career-related experiences. SEG supports students with living expenses, transportation, and travel so that these essential experiences are available to all of our students, who may otherwise not be able to afford them.
The Summer Experience Grant application connects students to a variety of summer funding opportunities based on their primary college. Applications typically open in mid-March each year.
Janet McKinley '74 Family Grant
The Janet McKinley ’74 Family Grant is open to all Cornell sophomores for the purpose of assisting students in pursuing interesting, provocative, and entrepreneurial summer projects, with the intent of having a direct and lasting impact on many generations of Cornell students.
Applications are typically due in mid-March. For information about the 2020 Janet McKinley ’74 Family Grant, please contact Stefana Soitos at email@example.com.
Work Study Eligible Summer Funding
Develop Your Own Internship Program
The Develop Your Own Internship Program is an opportunity for students to apply their summer Federal Work Study funds to an internship they create. Employers must be non-profits outside of Tompkins County, or small for-profit companies within the United States. The DYO employer pays the student through their payroll system, at least minimum wage. Cornell reimburses the employer in the fall (usually by the middle of November) for a percentage of the student's summer wages with federal work study funds. An information session is typically held in March and applications are due by mid-May.
New York City Public Service Corps (NYCPSC)
The New York City Public Service Corps (NYCPSC) is a placement agency in Manhattan that helps Cornell students find employment with certain non-profits and city agencies/departments in the five boroughs of New York. You are not applying to an individual position or job when you complete the NYCPSC application. The application allows you to specify several career-related work areas of interest and rank your preferred work locations. You will learn where you are placed to work when you meet with an NYCPSC Placement Counselor and discuss your interests and skills.
Students must be Federal Work-Study (FWS) eligible to participate in this program. Applications are typically due in May/June for summer experience.
Fellowships, like scholarships and grants, are financial aid awards that do not require repayment. They usually provide funding for one year and can apply to activities that take place either before or after college graduation. A few summer fellowship programs are also available.
Visit the Cornell Fellowships website for more information and listings of available fellowships or schedule an appointment with Beth Fiori, fellowships advisor in Cornell Career Services, for guidance in pursuing options.