Graduate Program Funding

Master of Food Science (MFS)

MPS candidates are responsible for all costs associated with the degree (i.e. tuition, insurance, living expenses). The 2021-2022 tuition rate is $39,466/year and estimated living expenses are approximately $2,388/month. Student loans are available for MFS students; for more information about funding, you can visit the Graduate School website.

M.S. and Ph.D.

All M.S. and Ph.D. candidates admitted to our program must be fully funded by either (i) a department assistantship and/or faculty research funds, or (ii) but an outside fellowship such as Fulbright, NIH, or other government/educational funding agency. No separate application is needed to be considered for these departmental funds.
We are unable to admit self-funded M.S. and Ph.D. students to our program.

Department assistantship and faculty research funds

All M.S. and Ph.D. applicants who have not secured an outside funding source are considered for a department assistantship/faculty research funds. Funding consideration does not require a separate application. Applicants for whom we can identify funding for will be admitted to our program.
Graduate assistantships include: full tuition, health insurance and an annual stipend of approximately $36,000. Renewal of financial support each semester is contingent upon academic performance constituting good standing in the graduate field and satisfactory performance in any teaching or research responsibilities.

Outside funding

To support their graduate education, applicants are encouraged to apply for educational, government and other non-Cornell fellowships such as Fulbright, NSERC, NIH, and CONACYT.

Due December 1: International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions are supported.

To identify potential fellowship opportunities, the Cornell Graduate School offers an extensive external fellowship database resource.