Graduate Program Funding

Master of Food Science (MFS)

MFS candidates are responsible for all costs associated with the degree (i.e. tuition, insurance, living expenses). The MFS program is a Tier 2 Professional program; to view current tuition rates and estimated living expenses, please visit the Graduate School Tuition Rates page.

Student loans are available for MFS students; for more information about funding, you can visit theĀ Graduate School loans website.

M.S. and Ph.D.

All M.S. and Ph.D. candidates admitted to our program must be fully funded by either:
i. an outside fellowship such as Fulbright, NIH, or other government/educational funding agency
ii. a department assistantship and/or faculty research funds. 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 admitted Ph.D. and M.S. students will have financial support, in the form of tuition, health insurance and living stipend. Financial support may be in the form of a teaching assistantship (TA), fellowship, graduate research assistantship (GRA), external funding or a combination of these. There is no separate application needed to apply for funding.
M.F.S. students are not considered for financial support but are welcome to apply for external funding.

Graduate assistantships include: full tuition, health insurance and an annual stipend. For a detailed review of stipend rates, please see the Graduate School stipend rates page.
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.

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