Cornell Fellowships are approximately 8 weeks in length and occur throughout the calendar year. Applications may be submitted via  by the third Friday of blocks one, three, five, and seven. 


  • 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. 
  • In order to receive funding, students must have a U.S. government issued social security number. 
  • Students may apply for multiple fellowships, but selection is limited to one fellowship per student. 
  • Students are encouraged to apply 3-5 months prior to when they hope to begin the fellowship 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 suffient time before the start of the fellowship are less likely to be approved. 

Steps to Apply

All applicants should closely follow these steps as they work through the process of applying for a Cornell Fellowship.

  1. Secure a faculty sponsor. 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. The letter of recommendation should be sent directly from your faculty sponsor to the Cornell Fellows Program via campus mail (box 1650) or email to Jason Napoli by the third Friday deadline for the fellowship you are applying to.
  2. 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 and no more than one page in length. All resumes must be reviewed by a staff member in the Career Engagement Center prior to submission to the Cornell Fellows Program.  Click here to request an appointment.
  3. Craft a personal statement. Do not repeat your resume in the personal statement; this essay is intended to share information that your resume does not. The personal statement is your opportunity to tell the screening committee why you are interested in the fellowship, what you are hoping to gain from the fellowship experience, what you intend to contribute to the fellowship host site, and how the fellowship opportunity is related to your academic and professional goals. It should be free of grammatical and spelling errors, double-spaced, and approximately two to three pages in length. Your personal statement must be reviewed by a staff member in the Career Engagement Center prior to submission to the Cornell Fellows Program.
    1. If you are proposing your own fellowship instead of applying to a fellowship already identified by Cornell, your personal statement will be a bit more involved.  It should include the standard elements but also include a brief overview of the organization, project, site mentor, and timeline for the internship. Applicants proposing their own fellowship must provide justification for financial support (i.e. the internship is an unpaid or low-pay opportunity) as an addendum to their personal statement; a draft budget outlining anticipated expenses with anticipated income is sufficient. 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.
    2. Students who are proposing their own fellowship should set up an appointment and review a draft budget with Jason Napoli prior to having the documents reviewed by the Career Engagement Center staff and prior to submitting your application. The purpose of the initial review is to provide feedback on content to make sure all appropriate information expected by the screening committee is included in the application.
  4. Download unofficial transcript. You will need to submit an unofficial copy of your academic transcript as part of your application. You may submit a PDF copy of the website pages or many students simply copy and paste the website information into a Word document.
  5. Upload your materials and submit your application. Once you have completed your materials, you can submit your application on the Cornell Fellows website. Your faculty letter of recommendation should be sent directly from your faculty sponsor to the Cornell Fellows Program via campus mail (box 1650) or via email to Jason Napoli.
  6.  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. Click here to make an appointment.