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Diversity Fellowship Programs

Diversity Programs in Engineering (DPE) awards diversity fellowships to students who have been admitted to graduate MEng and PhD programs in select fields. The fellowships are designed enhance recruitment, enrollment, and retention of first generation college and/or underrepresented racial/ethnic minority students in doctoral and master’s level programs.

DPE's fellowship programs not only provide stipends, tuition, and/or health insurance; they also connect fellows with a scholarly inclusive community, mentoring, and professional development.

Cornell Sloan & Cornell Colman Fellowship Programs

Funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Colman Family Foundation, and the Cornell Graduate School, these programs provide three (3) years of fellowship support. Fellows also recieve an additional two (2) years of support from their respective department. Colman and Sloan Fellowships are awarded during the admissions process. Please note the Sloan and Colman Fellowships cover different fields. See which fields are eligible below.

GEM Fellowship Program

The GEM fellowship is a one (1) year fellowship for PhD and MEng underrepresented domestic students supported via a partnerships between Cornell Engineering (Ithaca campus only) and the National GEM Consortium.

Application Fee Waiver

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To request an application fee waiver, please send the following information to grad_assoc_dean@cornell.edu:   

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Field and degree program to which you are applying at Cornell
  • Additionally, please note in your email that you are affiliated a pipeline program(s) (see link below for more info on pipeline programs)

For additional information visit: http://gradschool.cornell.edu/admissions/fees under the "Special Programs" section on the website.

Cornell Sloan Fellowship

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The Cornell Sloan Fellowship is designed to increase the diversity of Cornell's graduate student population. These fellowships are administered by the Diversity Programs in Engineering (DPE) Office and are funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Cornell Graduate School.

Fellowship Structure:

Students selected for a Cornell Sloan Fellowship receive three (3) years of fellowship support (tuition, stipend, and health insurance) from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Cornell Graduate School to pursue a PhD in designated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) disciplines. Fellows also receive two (2) years of support (tuition, stipend, and health insurance) from their respective departments. In addition to stipend, tuition, and health insurance support, fellows also receive a $10,000 allowance to use over the course of their graduate career for professional and academic development purposes.

To be eligible for nomination for a Cornell Sloan Fellowship, prospective PhD program applicants must be a U.S. citizen and identify as:

  • African American/Black,
  • Hispanic/Latino,
  • American Indian,
  • Native Alaskan,
  • Native Hawaiian, and/or
  • Native Pacific Islander. 

How to apply for a Sloan Fellowship:

Prospective PhD students apply for the Sloan Fellowship in support of diversity through the admissions application.

  • Graduate Admissions Application:
    • To be considered, applicants must respond “yes” to the question on the admissions application asking if they wish to be considered for university assistantships and fellowships, including diversity fellowships.
  • Supplemental Essay:
    • Applicants must also submit a supplemental essay via the admissions application. The supplemental essay should detail how one or more of the following criteria applies to the applicant:
      • first-generation college student
      • 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/Latino)
      • experiences overcoming any significant challenges in your path toward graduate school (examples include but are not limited to and managing a disability, being of a gender historically underrepresented in your graduate field of study, and being a Veteran)
      • Success in graduate education requires significant persistence and resilience. Therefore, students should also use their supplemental essay to address how their personal, academic, and/or professional experiences demonstrate their ability to be both persistent and resilient especially when navigating challenging circumstances.
  • Graduate Field/Department Nomination:
    • The Director of Graduate Studies for the graduate field to which the applicant is applying must submit a nomination to Diversity Programs in Engineering for consideration by the Senior Associate Dean for Diversity & Faculty Development  and the DPE Director.

Eligible fields for the Cornell Sloan Fellowship:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Applied & Engineering Physics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Genetics, Genomics & Development
  • Geological Sciences
  • Immunology & Infectious Disease
  • Materials Science & Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Molecular & Cell Biology
  • Natural Resources
  • Operations Research & Information Engineering
  • Systems Engineering
  • Theoretical and Applied Mechanics

Cornell Engineering Colman Fellowship

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The Cornell Engineering Colman Fellowship is designed to broaden representation and develop future engineering leaders. These fellowships are administered by the Diversity Programs in Engineering (DPE) Office and are funded by the Colman Family Foundation and the Cornell Graduate School.

Fellowship Structure:

Students selected for a Cornell Colman Fellowship receive three (3) years of fellowship support (tuition, stipend, and health insurance) to pursue a PhD in designate Engineering and Computer Science disciplines. Fellows also receive two (2) years of support (tuition, stipend, and health insurance) from their respective departments. In addition to stipend, tuition, and health insurance support, fellows also receive a $10,000 allowance to use over the course of their graduate career for professional and academic development purposes.

    How to apply for a Cornell Engineering Colman Fellowship:

    Prospective PhD students apply for the Colman Fellowship through the admissions application.

    • Graduate Admissions Application:
      • To be considered, applicants must respond “yes” to the question on the admissions application asking if they wish to be considered for university assistantships and fellowships, including diversity fellowships.
    • Supplemental Essay:
      • Applicants must also submit a supplemental essay via the admissions application. The supplemental essay should detail how one or more of the following criteria applies to the applicant:
        • first-generation college student
        • member of a group historically underrepresented in graduate education 
        • experiences overcoming any significant challenges in your path toward graduate school (examples include but are not limited to and managing a disability, being of a gender historically underrepresented in your graduate field of study, and being a Veteran)
        • Success in graduate education requires significant persistence and resilience. Therefore, students should also use their supplemental essay to address how their personal, academic, and/or professional experiences demonstrate their ability to be both persistent and resilient especially when navigating challenging circumstances.
    • Graduate Field/Department Nomination:
      • The Director of Graduate Studies for the graduate field to which the applicant is applying must submit a nomination to Diversity Programs in Engineering for consideration by the Senior Associate Dean for Diversity & Faculty Development  and the DPE Director.

    Eligible fields for the Cornell Engineering Colman Fellowship:

    • Aerospace Engineering
    • Applied & Engineering Physics
    • Applied Math
    • Biological Engineering
    • Biomedical Engineering
    • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
    • Civil and Environmental Engineering
    • Computer Science
    • Electrical and Computer Engineering
    • Information Science
    • Materials Science & Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Operations Research & Information Engineering
    • Systems Engineering
    • Theoretical and Applied Mechanics

    GEM Fellowship

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    Cornell Engineering (Ithaca, NY campus only) is a member of the GEM Consortium. Cornell Engineering offers one (1) year of fellowship support for GEM fellows. Please note that PhD Students may be awarded both the GEM and either a Sloan or Colman Fellowship.

    Fellowship Structure:

    Cornell Engineering GEM fellowships (MEng & PhD) may be offered as follows:

    • Full Fellow –
      • Tuition & Fees, Stipend and Health insurance for one year or three semesters with an internship by Corporate Sponsor
    • Associate Fellow –
      • Tuition & Fees, Stipend, and Health insurance for one year or three semesters
    • University Fellow –
      • Tuition & Fees for one year or three semesters

    To be eligible for nomination for a Cornell Engineering GEM Fellowship, students must be a U.S. citizen and identify as:

    • African American/Black,
    • Hispanic/Latino,
    • American Indian,
    • Native Alaskan,
    • Native Hawaiian, and/or
    • Native Pacific Islander. 

     

    Eligible fields for the Cornell Engineering GEM Fellowship:

    • Aerospace Engineering
    • Applied & Engineering Physics
    • Applied Math
    • Biological Engineering
    • Biomedical Engineering
    • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
    • Civil and Environmental Engineering
    • Computer Science
    • Electrical and Computer Engineering
    • Information Science
    • Materials Science & Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Operations Research & Information Engineering
    • Systems Engineering
    • Theoretical and Applied Mechanics

    How to apply for a Cornell Engineering GEM Fellowship:

    For more information or to apply visit, http://www.gemfellowship.org/students/gem-fellowship-program/