Ask a Dean Category: Fellowships and Funding

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…

Will my FY21 stipend be reduced due to measures being taken to address Cornell’s budget deficit?

Hello deans, Last week, Cornell announced additional measures to address Cornell’s FY21 budget deficit. Those actions include reducing staff salaries and wages in contract college units, with reductions up to 5%. I am a Ph.D. student on a teaching assistantship in a contract college. Will my FY21 stipend be reduced? -Concerned about my stipend Response Dear…

Will conference grants still be supported by the Graduate School?

Dear deans,  I would like to attend a virtual conference, will conference travel grants be available in Fall 20?  Interested in a conference Response While University travel is restricted, the Graduate School is modifying our Conference Travel Grant program to help cover the cost of student participation in online conferences.  To be eligible, student must…