Before filling out the online form below, please make sure you have completed all tasks on the application checklist. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Cornell Fellowships are approximately 8 weeks in length and occur throughout the calendar year. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and fellowships will be awarded on merit and on a first come, first-served basis. Acceptance is dependent upon timing, availability of funds, site and applicant fit, and the needs of the site.

Applications should be completed 60-90 days prior to intended start of the internship. Since the majority of fellowship requests are for experiences happening in the summer, applications for summer funding should be submitted by March 20th to ensure that adequate funds remain. Specific deadlines may be given for certain existing sites, particularly if multiple applicants for the same role are expected.


  • Preference is given to students who have at least sophomore standing.
  • All students selected for fellowships must be enrolled at the College for the entire duration of the fellowship.
  • Students must earn academic credit as part of their Cornell Fellowship experience.
  • The fellowship experience must be approximately 8 weeks/2 blocks in duration. 
  • Students completing fellowships during their senior year must be enrolled in at least one course on campus following the conclusion of the fellowship.
  • Students may apply for multiple fellowships, but selection is limited to one fellowship per student.
  • Students are encouraged to apply 60-90 days prior to the start date of the fellowship during the academic year or by March 20th for summer fellowships to allow sufficient time for the selection committee to meet and for the Fellow (if selected) to complete the necessary administrative forms and make adequate arrangements for housing and transportation. Applications submitted without sufficient time before the start of the fellowship are less likely to be approved.

Application checklist

  • Secure a faculty sponsor and letter of recommendation. All Cornell Fellows must have a faculty sponsor who is willing to write a letter of recommendation in support of their fellowship application. The faculty sponsor is also responsible for providing guidance and support to the Cornell Fellow during the fellowship experience. Additionally, since students must receive credit for their fellowship, the faculty sponsor will need to approve the proposal for internship credit paperwork through the Registrar's Office. Students can direct their faculty person to complete the Cornell Fellows Faculty Recommendation Form in place of a formal letter. The student's application will not be considered until the recommendation is completed.
  • Update your resume. A resume outlining your academic, co-curricular, work, volunteer, and leadership experiences is necessary to help the screening committee review your credentials for the fellowship. The resume should be error free. All resumes must be reviewed by a staff member in the Berry Career Institute prior to submission to the Cornell Fellows Program.

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  • Write your proposal. Do not repeat your resume in the proposal; this essay is intended to share information that your resume does not. It should be free of grammatical and spelling errors and no less than 2-3 pages in length. Some elements of this essay will be the same as the essay you submit for internship course credit. Please feel free to use as much or as little of the same content as you feel is appropriate. Your proposal must be reviewed by a staff member in the Writing Studio or Berry Career Institute prior to submission to the Cornell Fellows Program. The proposal is your opportunity to tell the screening committee:
    1. Why you are interested in the fellowship and how you learned about it
    2. What you are hoping to gain from the fellowship experience and how that is related to your academic and career goals
    3. What skills and experience you can contribute to the fellowship host site
    4. If you are proposing your own fellowship, please also include a brief overview of the organization and projects you'll be working on
  • Utilize the sample budget worksheet to estimate how much you will need to spend on food, transportation, housing, and possible training supplies during your internship and consider having it looked at by a BCI staff member.
  • Download unofficial transcript. You will need to submit an unofficial copy of your academic transcript as part of your application. Choose the print option and instead of a printer select PDF to save.
  • Upload your materials and complete your application. Once you have completed your materials, you can submit your application and documents.
  • Schedule a mock interview. After submitting your application, applicants are strongly encouraged to complete an in-person mock interview with Rebecca Sullens prior to their official interview with the Cornell Fellows selection committee.

Please note that Cornell Fellows funding support is generally limited to supporting housing, transportation, food, and supply expenses for students. Proposals which include the use of fellowship funds to support administrative program fees charged by organizations to have a student participate in their program may not be considered.

Cornell Fellows applicants are required to meet with the Berry Career Institute or Writing Studio to review materials before submitting final documents. The purpose of the review is to provide feedback on content to ensure all needed information is included in the application. If you have not had your resume, proposal, or budget looked at by a member of our staff, please schedule an appointment to do so before applying.

If you have any problems with uploading your supporting materials, please contact Rebecca Sullens.

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