“Getting this fellowship, which comes with the flexibility to work with people across departments, means the projects I’m working on can expand in any number of directions. The expertise is here, the facilities are here, and the willingness to collaborate is top notch.”


About the Fellowship

Continuing to advance its exemplary academic stature and impactful research mission, Cornell University created the Cornell Presidential Postdoctoral Fellows program. The program offers significant independence and resources to top-tier postdoctoral researchers and scholars.

The Cornell Presidential Postdoctoral Fellows program encompasses all research disciplines of the Ithaca, Geneva, Cornell Tech, and Weill Cornell Medicine campuses. The program aims to further demonstrate Cornell’s commitment to excellence and leadership in research and to attract some of the world’s elite young talent to campus. These researchers and scholars contribute to the collaborative, far-reaching research of the faculty and enhance the Cornell student experience as well as their own. As high-profile postdoctoral fellows, these researchers form deep connections with Cornell faculty and students across the university.

Approximately six presidential fellowships are awarded each year, with appointments up to three years. The program supports a steady-state of 18 fellows.

The Cornell Provost’s Office and deans of the participating colleges jointly fund the Cornell Presidential Postdoctoral Fellows program, with a university priority for a future program endowment.

Cornell Presidential Postdoctoral Fellows become lifetime members in the Society of Cornell Fellows—an organization of fellows who received named, prestigious, and competitively awarded postdoctoral fellowships at Cornell.