Cornell RANA Prize Application

The R-Adhikarya “Niche” Award (RANA) empowers students to pursue innovative thinking in their studies and careers. The $10,000 prize to a graduate student in Global Development recognizes young visionaries who dare to think differently. The prize will provide financial assistance to either a Ph.D. or professional master's (MPS) student in the Department of Global Development who is interested in studying and solving important contemporary problems and/or futuristic societal needs/wants not currently being considered or significantly addressed by others. 

Deadline to apply: March 15, 2022

In addition to relevant personal details and contact information, describe things you have done/achieved that you believe are relevant to the selection committee’s decision-making process. Not to exceed 500 words.
Describe both your personal vision and the biggest challenge you have faced. Your vision statement may have professional, societal and personal aspects and should describe how you plan to achieve it. What unique or disruptive ideas are contained within your vision? What goals are associated with these plans? Specifically address how Cornell and the RANA Award could fit into your plans. This should be roughly 500-600 words. Additionally, tell us about the biggest challenge you have ever faced, and how did you deal with it? This part of the answer should be no more than 150 words. In total, your answer should not exceed 750 words.