Continuing Student Fellowships

In addition to the university fellowships, competitive fellowships are available to current students from a number of sources including the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships, Provost Diversity Fellowships, and the Africa Fund.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

U.S. citizen and permanent resident graduate students in master’s or Ph.D. programs who are pursuing coursework (generally students in their first through third year) are eligible to apply for FLAS fellowships to support advanced training in foreign languages (excluding some Western European languages and areas).

These awards provide a nine-month stipend and a tuition allowance. Ph.D. students who receive FLAS awards also receive a stipend supplement to bring the award to the nine-month assistantship minimum and tuition supplementation, along with individual Cornell Student Health Insurance (SHP).

How to Apply:

Applications, usually due in January, are available from the Einaudi Center.

Provost Diversity Fellowship for Advanced Doctoral Students

The Provost Diversity Fellowship is a competitive one‐term (fall, spring, or summer) dissertation completion fellowship designed to support the diversity of Cornell’s graduate student population. It is available to advanced Ph.D. students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and for whom one or more of the following criteria apply:

  1. First-generation college student
  2. Member of an ethnic or racial group historically underrepresented in graduate education (Black/African American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or other Native Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latinx)
  3. McNair or Mellon Mays Undergraduate Scholar (the Graduate School will verify an applicant’s status as a McNair Scholar or Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow while pursuing a baccalaureate degree at a U.S. institution)
  4. Experiences overcoming significant challenges in their path toward graduate school. Examples include but are not limited to
    • Managing a disability
    • Being of a gender or orientation identity historically underrepresented in their graduate field of study
    • Veteran status
    • Single parent
    • Holding DACA status


To be eligible for an award, nominees must have received at least one‐year of support (e.g. assistantship, training grant, etc.) from their graduate field. Priority consideration for the Provost Diversity Fellowships will be given to students who meet all of the following conditions:

  1. Enrolled in a Cornell doctoral program for a minimum of two years by the time of nomination;
  2. Will have passed the A Exam prior to the award period for the fellowship; and
  3. Expect to complete all requirements for the doctorate within three terms (spring, summer, or fall) from the semester of nomination.

Submission Guidelines

A complete nomination consists of three separate Qualtrics Survey submissions:

  1. Student Nomination Form: Includes submission of a personal statement of no more than 500 words addressing how any of the eligibility criteria apply to the nominee, and a detailed dissertation plan, developed in collaboration with the nominee’s committee chair. 
  2. Committee Chair Nomination Form: Includes confirmation of the Committee Chair’s approval of the dissertation completion plan submitted by the nominee, and the submission of a letter of nomination that includes a mentoring detailing how the Committee Chair will support the nominee through the successful completion of their doctorate and help them access postgraduate opportunities. The letter should also include a funding plan detailing how the nominee has been funded to date and how they will be funded through completion if the fellowship is not awarded.
  3. Director of Graduate Study (DGS) Nomination Form: Includes confirmation of review and approval of the dissertation completion plan submitted by the student nominee and the mentoring and funding plan submitted by the committee chair.

Nomination Deadline

All nomination forms from the student, committee chair, and DGS, must be submitted no later than 11:59pm on September 30. (If the application deadline falls on a holiday or weekend, applications will due the next business day.) Fellowship award decisions will be announced by the end of October/early November.

Africa Fund

Ph.D. applicants who are citizens of an African country and not permanent residents of the United States are eligible for this award. The fellowship includes a stipend, full tuition, and Cornell individual student health insurance. Awards may be granted for one semester or two. To request consideration for this fellowship, please notify your graduate field of your eligibility and request that they nominate you to the Graduate School.