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Financial Support

What types of funding are available for applicants?

There are three types of funding available that are awarded to our best applicants. Each of them include a full tuition waiver, an academic year stipend and a Student Health Insurance package provided through the University. We are actively recruiting students from Under-Represented Minority Groups.

Fellowships: Generally, our fellowship offers will be made to our very best applicants and for the most part last only one (1) semester or one (1) year, depending on the type of fellowship.  Stipends for fellowships tend to be slightly higher for the first year only. Applicants who are awarded fellowships enter the program without any formal obligations such as teaching or research for a specific group for the duration of the fellowship itself.

Diversity Fellowships: Cornell ECE offers several Diversity Fellowships and encourages our applicants to apply for them, if they qualify (US Citizens or Permanent Residents only). Included are a Sloan Fellowship, Colman Fellowship, a Sage Fellowship, and simply a Diversity Fellowship. Each of these funding opportunities is geared towards providing aid for applicants that meet the following criteria:

  • A history of overcoming disadvantage
  • First-generation college student
  • Raised in a single-parent household
  • Member of an underrepresented minority group (American Indian or Alaskan Native, Black/African American, Mexican American, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, Puerto Rican, Other Hispanic)

Member of an underrepresented minority group (American Indian or Alaskan Native, Black/African American, Mexican American, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, Puerto Rican, Other Hispanic)

If you meet the criteria listed above, we would encourage you to submit a Diversity Essay in your online application that clearly demonstrates how any of these eligibility criteria apply in your case. Please be sure to include at least a sentence or two at the conclusion of your Statement of Purpose that you have submitted a Diversity Essay and that you hope to be considered for this Fellowship opportunity.

Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA): GRA offers come directly from faculty members who have expressed an interest in having a specific applicant join their research group directly upon entering the program. The faculty member making the offer will become the applicant’s advisor upon entering the ECE program. Being admitted as a GRA does not have any teaching obligations and applicants are expected to immediately begin focusing on research in the group of the faculty member who made the initial offer.

Teaching Assistantship (TA): TA offers come directly from the ECE department. Admitted applicants are expected to perform the required duties of a TA; these duties may include teaching recitations, holding office hours, grading homework assignments and exams, and overseeing lab sections. The specific duties of a TA are determined by the instructor of the course that they are assigned to.