Ask a Dean Category: Fellowships and Funding

What information can Cornell provide about unemployment insurance and other assistance for unfunded students?

Dear Ask a Dean, As discussed in GPSA last week, many departments across the university seem to be facing troubles providing funding for their graduate students next year, including both situations where students need additional time due to the pandemic as well as departments having less money available to cover all of the assistantships they…

How and why does biweekly gross pay change?

Dear Deans, I am a Ph.D. student working as a GRA this school year. I noticed in my recent payslips in Workday that the biweekly gross pay decreased from $1,573.45 in last semester to $1,541.98 this semester. I do not think my funding source has changed. I am not complaining about such a small change,…

Is Graduate School conference funding available for virtual conferences?

Hello Deans, Is the Graduate School conference funding available for virtual conferences (to cover registration fees)?  Thank you, Presenting From My Kitchen Response Dear Presenting From My Kitchen, I’m pleased to share that the conference travel grant has been available for virtual conferences since last summer. Information can be found on our Conference Grant website:…

What are the criteria for Spring 2021 TA assignments?

Hello, Recently my department released the list of grad TA course assignments. However, some TA assignment/course pairings did not seem to make sense based on instructor request or student expertise. When I asked the department for more information on how TA assignments are made I received an ambiguous answer. I was told that there are…

What are the funding dates for assistantships and fellowships for the spring semester?

Hello Deans,  Happy New Year! I’m hoping you might be able to provide details about funding dates for assistantships and fellowships for the upcoming semester? Especially given the substantial shift in the semester calendar, I’m hearing a lot of questions about when appointments “start” and when we can expect funding to resume. Apologies if this…

Could we be provided clarity on who was eligible for and received the emergency summer fellowships?

Dear Deans, I was wondering if we could be provided some clarity on who was eligible for and received the emergency summer fellowships that was announced by Dean Kahabka in April. DGSs from two different graduate fields (totaling over 100 Ph.D. students) have shared that none of their students were approved for the fellowship despite nominations…