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Student 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.

Multi-purpose Funding: 

CALS Alumni Association: $700 limit, deadlines in October and March, can be used for internships, research, conferences and more:  

Summer Experience Grant: $5,000 limit, deadline in TBD, for summer internships/research.  Students must be receiving financial aid to receive an award:  

OADI Funding: up to $3500 for OADI program participants, quarterly deadlines. Funding for conferences, research, internships and more:  

Dean of Students Access Fund: for conferences, internships, and more: for low income students, up to $500  

Einaudi Center Funding: for international internships, research and more!

Research Funding Options:

CALS Office of Academic Programming Research Grants: Deadlines in Fall and Spring, up to $2,000 for research expenses (not to be used as a stipend):  

Sigma Xi grants:  Up to $1000 for non-members, applications due March and October:  

Federal Work Study: for eligible students (50% of earnings with match from faculty mentor)


Engaged Learning Grants by the Einhorn Center:  

Community-based projects & research: Serve in Place Fund  

Fellowships: Fellowships usually provide funding for one year and can apply to activities that take place either before or after college graduation. A few summer fellowship programs are also available:  

CCE Summer Internship Program- Extension Interns work on projects addressing agriculture, community, environment, nutrition, and youth & families.  Interns will work on projects that are developed by faculty members and are placed across New York state in local association offices.  Interns will work closely with association educators where they will accomplish the research goals of the summer project.  These projects are awarded a $6,000 stipend

Outside Funding:

CCS Resource Library: search by keyword “internship” for database of outside funding and internship opportunities 

Google Searches:  Search for summer internship funding along with more specific keywords (e.g. URM, union, ethnicity, etc) 

US Army Educational Outreach Fellowships (no military commitment required): 

Obama Foundation Voyager Scholarship: For current sophomores who intend to pursue careers in public service after graduation. Combination of financial aid totaling $50,000, an immersive work-travel experience, and a robust network of leaders and mentors