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Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowships for International Applicants at Cornell University in USA, 2018-2019

The Cornell University is inviting applications for Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowships to study in the USA for the year 2018. Applications will be judged on the qualifications of the candidate, and the quality and originality of the proposed research and its potential impact.

The fellowship aims to attract some of the world’s best young scholars to interact deeply with faculty and students on Cornell’s Ithaca-based campuses.

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Cornell University is an American private Ivy League and public land-grant doctoral university located in Ithaca, New York. Cornell is one of three private land grant universities in the United States and the only one in New York.

Scholarship Description:

  • Application Deadline:  October 1, 2018
  • Course Level: Fellowships are available to pursue the postdoctoral program.
  • Study Subject: Fellowships are awarded in any of the field offered by the university.
  • Scholarship Award:The stipend for appointments in the 2018-2019 academic year will be $68,000 plus full Cornell University endowed employee fringe benefits. Each Fellow also will be provided $5,000 annually for discretionary research expenses including travel. Interested individuals can contact any tenure-track or tenured Cornell faculty member(s), i.e. assistant, associate or full professor, who, if agreeable to serve as the lead sponsor(s), will endorse the candidate’s application.
  • Number of Scholarships: Approximately six Presidential Fellowships are awarded each year, with the inaugural cohort of ten fellows chosen in the academic 2018-2019 year. Appointments will be for up to three years, dependent on positive annual evaluations and may include a teaching component where appropriate of no more than 25% averaged over the length of the appointment.
  • Nationality: International applicants
  • Scholarship can be taken in the USA

Eligibility for the Scholarship:

  • Eligible Countries: International applicants are eligible to apply for this fellowship program.
  • Entrance Requirements: Candidates from all areas of research and inquiry, who will be no more than two years past the award date of their doctoral degree at the time of the appointment, are eligible for this program.
  • English Language Requirements: Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.

Postdoctoral Scholarships

Application Procedure:

How to Apply: Interested individuals can contact any tenure-track or tenured Cornell faculty member(s) who is agreeable to serve as the sponsor(s), to request sponsorship and the required letter of recommendation.  It is recommended to contact the Cornell faculty member well in advance of the deadline, as faculty may receive multiple requests to sponsor applicants. Applications will be submitted using the online submission portal. To submit an application, please visit our website, https://research.cornell.edu/content/presidential-postdoctoral-fellows and click on “How to Apply”, or apply directly to our online application system at https://ras.research.cornell.edu/CPPF.

Application Materials

  1.  Candidate CV (4 page max), including publication list and date of Ph.D. graduation. If not yet graduated, please note the estimated date for graduation. Applicants graduating before October 1st 2016 will not be considered.

2. A one-two page description of proposed research that should include a clear statement of objectives and of the significance and expected impact of the proposed research if successful. This page limit includes figures, citations, references, tables etc. Font size should be no smaller than 11pt. Applications exceeding this limit will be rejected without review.

3. Two Letters of Recommendation (2 page max. for each letter), including one that must be from the candidate’s PhD thesis advisor, which provide detailed assessments of the candidate’s qualifications and potential for innovative, ground-breaking independent research.

4. A letter of support from Cornell lead (and secondary if applicable) faculty sponsor(s) (2 page max.) including a brief statement of any financial and logistical support of the proposed research that will be provided by the faculty sponsor(s). These letters are critical and will be taken into careful consideration by the review committee. No other letters should be included.

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