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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 and Provost’s Diversity Fellowships,.

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.  All FLAS fellows receive the balance of tuition from the Graduate School. Ph.D. students who receive FLAS awards also receive a stipend supplement to bring the award to the nine-month assistantship minimum, along with individual Cornell Student Health Insurance (SHIP).

How to Apply:

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

Provost’s Diversity Fellowship for Continuing Students

The Graduate School will award Provost’s Diversity Fellowships to Ph.D. students during the academic year. These one term (fall, spring, or summer) fellowships are intended to support the degree completion of continuing students, and should be focused on advanced students likely to complete their degrees with the added financial assistance of this fellowship.   

Ph.D. students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and who are able to address how one or more of the following criteria apply to them are eligible:

  1. first-generation college student
  2. member of an ethnic or racial group historically underrepresented in higher education (African American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or other Native Pacific Islander, Mexican American, Puerto Rican, or other Hispanic American; permanent residents whose ethnicity corresponds to these groups also meet this criterion)
  3. McNair or Mellon Mays Undergraduate Scholar (the Graduate School will verify your status as a McNair or Mellon Mays Scholar while pursuing a baccalaureate degree at a U.S. institution)
  4. experiences overcoming any significant challenges in your path toward graduate school (examples include but are not limited to managing a disability, being of a gender or orientation identity historically underrepresented in your graduate field of study, a Veteran, and/or single parent)

To be eligible for an award, nominees must have received at least one year of support (assistantship, training grant, etc.) from their field.

Priority for the Provost’s Diversity Fellowships will be given to students who meet all of the following criteria:

  1. have been enrolled in a Cornell graduate degree program for a minimum of two years
  2. will have passed the A exam prior to the fellowship
  3. expect to complete all requirements for the doctorate by December of the academic year following their nomination. (For example, a student nominated by September 2018, must complete all requirements for the doctorate by December 2019.)

How to Apply:

The student, committee chair, and DGS nomination forms will be available on the Graduate School website in mid-August. All applications must be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m. on September 30. (If the application deadline falls on a holiday or weekend, applications are due the next working day.) Decisions will be announced by the end of October.