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Undergraduate Funding Opportunities

College and University Funding Sources

While Cornell offers a variety of funding opportunities for undergraduates, they can be difficult to locate, given the complexity of the University. The following list of sources and ideas encompasses offices and information from across the university, though it is not exhaustive.

Fellowships*

Fellowships are endowments used to provide financial support to individuals pursuing advanced study or training. They can be for schooling, travel to certain countries, or projects within a given organization or group. See the Cornell University Fellowships Program for more information.

Financial Aid Office

The financial aid office is a great resource for outside scholarships and grants, though usually applicable for tuition assistance. Access the Financial Aid Office web site for more information.

CALS Research Funding

Several funding opportunities are available through the College. Access the Student Research web site for details, including proposal development instructions and deadlines.

Libraries*

Olin Library maintains an extensive and helpful section on grants and scholarships. For assistance, contact the reference desk librarian.

The “L” section of the Mann Library reference area is also helpful. It contains great resources, such as: Free Money for College from the Government.

Minority Research

Research funding is available to underrepresented, minority students in CALS for the academic year and summer. Average funding is $500. Contact Dr. Don Viands in 174 Roberts Hall for an application, or download the application at the Undergraduate Minority Research web site.

Office of Academic Programs*

The Office of Academic Programs provides research grants to eligible Cornell students. The Undergraduate and Graduate Student Grants pages provide details of funding eligibility and proposal deadlines. Contact Dr. Don Viands at 607-255-3081 for more information.

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society*

This society provides grants to undergraduate and graduate research projects in any field. It offers general research funding, especially for travel and equipment expenses. Students may apply to both the Cornell chapter and the national headquarters for funding.

Student Employment Office

Through a number of assistance programs, the Student Employment Office subsidizes wages for students with work-study during the academic year and the summer. The "Develop Your Own Internship Program" provides summer subsidy for students with work-study. Work-study financial assistance is available until the funds are exhausted, so students are encouraged to apply early. Call 607-255-5145 for more information; or visit the office in 203 Day Hall.

No single source, including this one, will identify all possible options. Networking is, by far, the best tool. Students interested in funding opportunities should contact as many individuals in as many different environments as possible; they should ask for ideas and leads and pursue each one. The CALS Career Development Office can provide helpful information sheets on the networking process, and it also maintains a list of Faculty and Staff Career Representatives. The list contains the names of people in the College’s academic departments who serve as official liaisons with the Career Development Office. These individuals are great starting points for networking.

*These offices and programs include graduate study and research.