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NextGen Professors: Application Information

NextGen Professors is a career-development program focused on preparing Cornell doctoral students and postdocs for faculty careers across institutional types. The primary focus audience for this program are graduate students and postdocs who identify with backgrounds historically underrepresented in the academy, and/or those with a demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, inclusion, access and equity in the academy. 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 CIRTL at Cornell, which focus on evidence-based practice of teaching, inclusive teaching and learning, and effective mentoring practices.

Priority Audiences: Doctoral students and postdocs of color and/or those who were first-generation college students and are now in Year 3 of doctoral studies or beyond.

Important Dates

  • Application Package Priority Submission Date: October 3, 2017
  • Decisions released by: October 10, 2017
  • First Cohort Meeting: October 18, 2017

Eligibility Criteria

This program is program is focused on advancing diversity within the professoriate with a focus on engaging domestic doctoral students and postdocs from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the academy, including doctoral students and postdocs of color &/or those who identify as first-generation college students. Doctoral students applying to the program should be in Year 3 of their doctoral studies or beyond.

Application Instructions

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


Qualtrics Application Form


This initiative is co-sponsored by the Graduate School Office of Inclusion & Student Engagement CU-CIRTL at Cornell. It is also supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1647094 (AGEP CIRTL), and by the ETS/CGS Award for Innovation in Promoting Success in Graduate Education. 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 Engagement Sara Xayarath Hernández with questions about this opportunity.