Competitive Fellowships Available to Graduate Students

East Asia Program Area Studies Fellowships

East Asia Program Area Studies Fellowships: Deadline: January 26, 2022. As a major conduit of graduate support, EAP offers the following area studies fellowships to Cornell graduate students whose work has an East Asia focus:

  • Lee Teng-hui Fellowships in World Affairs with East Asia Focus
  • C. V. Starr Fellowships in East Asian Studies
  • Hu Shih Fellowship in Chinese Studies
  • Robert J. Smith Fellowships in Japanese and Korean Studies
  • Diverse Knowledge East Asia


Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS)

Achieve language fluency with the help of a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship. You'll gain valuable knowledge about cultures and countries in which your language is commonly used, while developing skills in a language critical to the needs of the United States. Available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Deadline: March 9, 2022.


Society for the Humanities Fellowships

Society for the Humanities Fellowships. Application deadline for 2022-2023: September 20, 2021. One-year residential fellowships at Cornell with a $56,000 stipend. Fellowships are focused on an annual theme.


Mellon Foundation Graduate Fellowships at Society for the Humanities

Mellon Foundation Graduate Fellowships at Society for the Humanities. Application deadline for 2022-2023: October 31, 2021. Open to Cornell graduate students only. One-year fellowships focused on an annual theme. Includes a $29,000 stipend, tuition, and student health insurance. Located at the A.D. White House.


Provost Diversity Fellowship for Advanced Doctoral Students

Provost Diversity Fellowship for Advanced Doctoral Students. The Provost Diversity Fellowship is a competitive one-term (fall, spring, or summer) dissertation completion fellowships designed to advance the Graduate School's commitment to diversity, access, equity, justice and inclusion. It is available to advanced Ph.D. students who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or hold DACA, TPS, refugee, or asylee status, and for whom one or more of the following criteria apply:

  • First-generation college graduate student (neither parent/guardian having completed a BA degree).
  • Member of ethnic and/or racial groups historically excluded from and underrepresented in graduate education - Black, Indigenous (Native American, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, Native Pacific Islanders, other Indigenous peoples), Hispanic/Latina/o/x, and/or Southeast Asian.
  • McNair or Mellon Mays Undergraduate Scholar.
  • Other identities and/or experiences historically excluded from and underrepresented in graduate education including but not limited to the following:
    • those who manage a disability.
    • having a gender and/or sexual orientation identity historically underrepresented in their field of study
    • those who identify as a military veteran
    • single parents

Eligibility: To be eligible for an award, nominees must have received at least one year of support from their graduate field. Priority consideration will be given to students who meet all of the following conditions:

  1. Enrolled in a Cornell doctoral program for a minimum of two years by the time of nomination;
  2. Will have passed the A exam prior to the award period for the fellowship; and
  3. Expect to complete all requirements for the doctorate within three terms from the semester of nomination.

Nomination deadline: all nomination forms from the student, committee chair, and DGS, must be submitted no later than 11:59p.m. on September 30.


Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Application opens: March 31, 2022; deadline: August 29, 2022 at 8am EST. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program sends U.S. citizens to more than 160 countries to study, research, and teach English abroad. With a unique focus on mutual understanding between people of different backgrounds and cultures, the program offers the freedom to curate your experience as you engage with your host community.

Eligibility: You will graduate with a bachelor's degree from Cornell before September of the award year; you are currently a Cornell graduate student; you are a professional who graduated from Cornell within the past five years.


Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program

The highly competitive Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Program supports Ph.D. students pursuing research in modern foreign languages and area studies in countries outside of the United States.

Deadline: TBD

Eligibility: Cornell doctoral candidates studying modern foreign languages and area studies are eligible. In addition, you must fulfill these criteria:

  • you are a U.S. citizen or national permanent resident who plans on a teaching career in the United States
  • you have the necessary foreign language skills for your research project
  • you will pass your A exam before the beginning of the fellowship.


American Council of Learned Societies Fellowships & Grant Programs

ACLS is one of the leading private institutions supporting scholars in the humanities and related social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels. Fellows and grantees in all programs are selected by committees of scholars appointed for this purpose. ACLS seeks to embed their commitment to inclusive excellence in all of their fellowship and grant programs, from their recruitment of peer reviewers to the evaluation of proposals and administration of awards. 

As many of ACLS programs have specific eligibility criteria, please read the program pages carefully and review specific FAQ if you have further questions as to what types are or are not eligible. For a complete list of competitions and deadlines please see the ACLS web page.


Wenner-Gren Foundation

The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Inc. is a private operating foundation dedicated to the advancement of anthropology throughout the world. It is one of the major international funding sources for anthropological research and is actively engaged with the anthropological community through its varied grant, fellowship, conference, and capacity building programs. The Foundation works to support all branches of anthropology and closely related disciplines concerned with human biological and cultural origins, development and variation. For a list of programs, deadlines, and other information please see their web page.