Student Funding Opportunities

This page is a compilation of funding resources across the university that A&S students can pursue for professional development. 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 as_careers@cornell.edu. 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

How does funding work?

  • Student submits application, including a budget form with anticipated costs.
  • Applications are reviewed, and if approved the student will be asked to sign and return a grant contract.
  • Funding will be given in the form of a travel grant, meaning that the student is responsible for making and paying for their own travel arrangements, reservations, and other expenditures. The grant will help to offset some or all of the costs.
  • Once a signed contract is received, the request for funds will be submitted to Financial Aid (please allow at least 2 weeks for processing)
  • Once processed by Financial Aid, the student will receive a reimbursement check for the sum of the grant awarded. 
    • Students may set up direct deposit to have the funds dispersed directly into their account.

To allow for application and funding processing time, we recommend applying at least 3 weeks in advance of when you need to begin paying for your professional development opportunity. As a note: Financial Aid asks for at least 2 weeks for funding to process and be dispered to the student. Arrival of funds is contingent upon processing at Financial Aid. The A&S Career Development office has no ability to expedite funding. We appreciate your patience in the processing of your check.

Students must meet the following eligibility criteria in order to apply for funding:

  • Currently enrolled, matriculated undergraduate student in a degree-granting program in the College of Arts & Sciences.
  • Receiving financial aid from Cornell University.
  • Low-income (as defined by the College/Financial Aid) or first-generation student
  • In the pursuit of a professional opportunity; students are no longer eligible once they have accepted an offer from a job/internship opportunity or graduate/professional school.

Students are NOT eligible to apply for funding if:

  • They have an OCR violation.
  • They are on a leave of absence.
  • They are currently studying abroad.
  • They are away from campus for Cornell in Washington, or similar program.
  • They have graduated (are considered an alum).

Funding Eligibility and Priority Details:

  • Students within a 100-mile radius of the destination are not eligible for overnight expenses. Transportation may be reimbursable.  
  • Only domestic travel is eligible. Students traveling from international locations may be eligible to receive hotel accommodations and domestic transportation support, but will not receive funding for international travel expenses. 
  • Priority will be given to seniors, then juniors, then sophomores, then first year students.
  • Students with the highest financial need are given preference. Please note there is a space on the application to indicate any individual or family factors affecting your need that may not be reflected in your financial aid package.

Apply now to the Professional Development Fund

REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS

  • Respond to two (2) short essay questions:
    • In as much detail as possible, please describe your career interests and goals. (If you are still exploring, please share about where you are in that process) 
    • How will receiving this funding contribute to furthering your career development? Be specific about the career outcomes and/or benefits to you.
    • Describe your financial circumstances that will help us understand your funding needs
  • Resume - with your name and email redacted.
  • Budget detailing funding needs.
  • Most recent Financial Aid Award Summary (available to download on Student Center)

WHAT IS THE APPLICATION REVIEW COMMITTEE SEEKING?

  • A clear connection between the funding request and your career goals. Questions to consider: What are your career goals? How will receiving funding for this request advance your career?  How will this funding help you to obtain an internship, job, or graduate school opportunity? 
  • An accurate and clear description of your financial circumstances that have led you to apply for funding. Financial need is the primary factor when reviewing applications. You must submit your financial aid letter from the Student center. The response to the second short essay question will play a significant role in determining eligibility for funding for students who do not receive financial aid.
  • A funding request that fits the purpose of the Professional Development Fund. The Professional Development Fund is for career related purposes only. Applications for personal needs or student activities will not be considered.
  • Opportunities that cannot be supported through other existing funds on or off campus. Several offices and schools on campus offer funding to support undergraduate professional development needs. The review committee may refer an applicant to one of these resources if it is a more appropriate fit for the funding request. Conversely, if it is determined that an application request has been funded through an alternate source, the application will be declined.
  • Enough time to review and process funding. Applications that fall outside of our timeline for application review may be submitted, however, we cannot guarantee that the application is able to be processed with a shortened timeline.

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

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.

Travel Funding

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 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.

Information on how to apply for Harry Caplan Travel Fellowship

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.

Please note:The RUTH BIERMAN LINNICK '60 MEMORIAL TRAVEL FUND grant will not be offered in 2021 due to the Cornell travel ban. 

Application typically opens at the beginning of February. The application deadline is March 15. If you have questions about the fund, please contact Richard Keller in the College of Arts and Sciences Student Services office.

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