Application Information

NextGen Professors: Call for Applications

NextGen Professors is a career-development program focused on preparing Cornell graduate students and postdocs for faculty careers across institutional types. The primary audience for this program is doctoral students (in year three or beyond) and postdocs from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the professoriate and/or those with a demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, inclusion, access, and equity in academia. Participants are members of a cohort who, together, engage in series of professional and career development activities including monthly NextGen Professors meetings, Power Mentoring Sessions with faculty, and the Future Professors Institute. Participants also engage in program offerings of Future Faculty and Academic Careers, which focus on effectively integrating research and teaching skills for career development.

Important Dates

(to apply for the 2023-2024 cohort)

  • Application Package Priority Submission Date: September 18, 2023, 11:59 p.m. ET
  • Decisions released by mid-October 2023
  • First Cohort Meeting: October 24, 2023, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. ET, Zoom

Eligibility Criteria

This program is focused on advancing diversity and inclusion within the professoriate, with an emphasis on engaging doctoral students and postdocs with a demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, inclusion, access, and equity in academia and/or those from backgrounds historically underrepresented in academia.

Priority consideration will be provided to Graduate School Dean’s Scholars and members of the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society. Doctoral students applying to the program should be in Year 3 of their doctoral studies or beyond. Priority consideration will be provided to advanced doctoral candidates and postdoc preparing for the academic job market.

Application Instructions

To apply, please fill out the NextGen Professors Application, within which you will be prompted to upload the following documents. Follow the links for our recommended resources on developing these mini statements.

Note: We appreciate that the task of preparing these documents could feel daunting for future faculty who have not yet begun to develop such statements. However, draft statements should be reflective based on your experiences thus far and should also consider what you hope to accomplish in the near future as you prepare for the academic job market. These documents will serve as baseline products that NextGen Professors will build upon and refine over the course of the year through their participation in this program.


Access the 2023-2024 NextGen Professors cohort application.


This initiative is co-sponsored by the Graduate School Office of Inclusion & Student Engagement and Future Faculty and Academic Careers, and is the institutionalization of efforts launched with support from the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1647094 (CIRTL AGEP). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


Please contact Graduate School Associate Dean for Inclusion & Student & Faculty Engagement Sara Xayarath Hernández ( or Associate Dean for Professional Development Colleen McLinn ( with questions about this opportunity.