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CU Application Process


December 10 Deadline: Application due to the Fellowship Coordinator. See below for details.
December           Cornell Endorsement Committee reviews applications and selects one applicant to be endorsed to the Carnegie Endowment. Applicants are notified of endorsement decisions by the fellowship coordinator.
January 10, 2020 Deadline: FINAL SUBMISSION of application. See below for details.
January 15, 2020 Foundation deadline for receipt of application material.
Late March, 2020     Announcement of winners
April 2020 Cornell Fellowships Reception for all endorsed applicants.

Application Process

Seniors (Cl of '20) and recent alumni (Cl of '19) must make an appointment with the Fellowship Coordinator to register their intent to apply and to discuss their candidacy.  Call 607/255-6931 to schedule an appointment. Applicants must be graduating seniors or students who have graduated during the last academic year. No one who has started graduate study is eligible. Applicants do not need U.S. citizenship, but they must be eligible to work in the U.S. Endorsement decisions are final and not subject to appeal. Cornell may nominate two students to the national competition. Finalists' interviews with the Endowment take place in the spring.

APPLICATION MATERIALS DUE to Fellowship Coordinator December 10, 2019

  • Waivers and memoranda of understanding (available from Cornell fellowships office)
  • Resume (1-2 pages)
  • Essay (one page or less, double-spaced) on why the student would like to become a junior fellow
  • Essay (no more than three typewritten, double-spaced pages on topic pertaining to the Carnegie program to which
  • the student is applying)
  • College transcript (from each institution attended)
  • Two letters of recommendation (At least one should be from a professor in the student's major.)

Selection decisions (both on campus and at the national level) are based on the following criteria:

  • Academic record: a high GPA (generally 3.7 or above) is expected with coursework in international relations, government, history, economics, sociology or anthropology, or area studies.
  • Commitment to a career in international affairs: internships, research, and related employment strengthen a student's application.
  • Letters of recommendation

Two applicants may be endorsed by the on-campus committee. The campus committee may offer the nominees advice on how to improve their materials for final submission. Nominees submit the final version of their applications to the Fellowship Coordinator by January 10, 2020.