Prestigious Fellowships and Scholarships

Biology majors have been very successful in earning prestigious fellowships and scholarships.   The Churchill, Fulbright, Goldwater, Marshall, and Udall awards, briefly described below, are the most relevant to biology students. However, there are many more opportunities to consider and further information provided at Cornell Career Services.

Churchill

Students with a minimum GPA of 3.8 and extensive research experience in math, engineering, or the sciences are encouraged to apply.  Recipients receive funding to spend spend a year of graduate study at Cambridge University.  Applicants must be US citizens between the ages of 19 and 26 and hold a BA or BS degree.  Cornell endorsement is required.  The campus application deadline is early October

Fulbright

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program of the U.S. Department of State is administered on the Cornell campus by the Mario Einaudi Center's Fulbright Advisor. These grants for study or research abroad are awarded on a nationally competitive basis to U.S. citizens who are graduate students or will have earned the bachelor’s degree prior to September of the year for which the grant is being awarded. That is, undergraduate seniors may apply in their senior year. Over 155 countries worldwide participate in the Fulbright Program with Teaching Assistantships now available in over 72 countries. The full grants generally provide funding for round-trip travel, maintenance for one academic year, health and accident coverage, and full or partial tuition. Though the competition is keen, this is a very attractive opportunity for students with a serious interest in advanced study or research overseas. Grant Competition Opens May 1

Interested individuals should contact the Program Administrator, Elizabeth Edmondson, at fulbright@einaudi.cornell.edu for more information.

Goldwater

Sophomores or juniors with a 3.85 or higher GPA and who intend to pursue a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering with the ultimate goal of earning a PhD (no premedical students) are encouraged to apply. The Goldwater awards undergraduate expenses up to $7,500.  Cornell endorsement is required.  The campus deadline is early January.

Marshall

Students who have earned a 3.7 or higher GPA and who are distinctive in intellect, character, extracurricular breadth, and service to society are encouraged to apply.  The Marshall funds 2 years of graduate study at the student’s choice university in the United Kingdom. Applicants must be US citizens and have graduated or will graduate from their undergraduate institution in the last two years.  Cornell endorsement is required. Cornell students should inquire about the application process during the spring of their sophomore or junior year.  The campus application deadline is mid-August.

Rhodes

Students who have earned a 3.7 GPA or higher, who are interested in graduate study at Oxford University, and who have distinctive intellect and character leading to the promise of effective service to the world are encouraged to apply.  Cornell endorsement is required. Cornell students should inquire about the application process during the spring of their sophomore or junior year.  The campus application deadline is mid-August.

Udall

Students interested in either 1) careers in environmental public policy, alternative energy, sustainable development, waste management, or environmental law, or who are 2) Native American and Alaska Native students who intend to pursue careers in health care or tribal public policy. The scholarship covers eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $5,000. Juniors are eligible for one year of support; sophomores may be re-nominated during their junior year and compete for a second year of support. Cornell endorsement is required.  The campus application deadline is early February.

Interested in Applying?  Contact the Fellowship Coordinator, Beth Fiori (btf1@cornell.edu) to schedule an appointment.