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CU Application Process

Important Dates

February 13, 2020    Deadline: Application due to the Fellowship Coordinator.  See below for details
February An official on-campus endorsement committee reviews applications and selects six applicants to be endorsed to the foundation.  Applicants are notified of endorsement decisions by the fellowship coordinator.
March 4, 2020 Deadline: FINAL SUBMISSION of endorsed applicants' materials to the Fellowship Coordinator
March 5, 2020
Foundation deadline for receipt of application material (by 11:59 pm MST)
April Udall Scholars are announced
April 2020 Cornell Fellowships Reception for all endorsed applicants


Students’ applications must be processed and endorsed through the CCS fellowships office to be eligible for the competition at the regional and/or national level.  Endorsement decisions are final and not subject to appeal.

Application materials are available on the Udall Foundation Web site.  Students 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.

APPLICATION MATERIALS DUE to the Fellowship Coordinator February 13, 2020

The Fellowship Coordinator will forward your application materials to the Cornell Endorsement Committee.  Make sure that you read the fine print on the application forms and that you have filled in all the blanks as you would for the final submission.  All materials must arrive to 103 Barnes Hall by 2:00 pm on February 13, 2020.

Submit to the on-campus committee:

  • Application form, including essay
  • College transcript(s) from each institution attended
  • You must provide college transcripts. The Fellowship Coordinator may not get transcripts on your behalf.
  • Three letters of recommendation:
    Faculty members provide information on your academic qualifications, as well as your interest and commitment to a career in environmental public policy, health care, or tribal public policy.  Recommenders are also asked to comment on your personal characteristics, particularly on your initiative, maturity, and potential to make an impact on public policy.  The Fellowship Coordinator can provide advice on choosing recommenders.


Up to eight applicants may be endorsed by the on-campus committee (a maximum of four applying on the environmental side, a maximum of four applying on the Native side).  The campus committee may offer nominees advice on how to improve their materials for final submission.  Nominees submit the final version of their applications for approval by the Fellowship Coordinator by March 4, 2020, before submitting the application electronically.

A complete application consists of:

  • Application form and essay
  • College transcript(s) from each institution attended
  • Three letters of recommendation