Fellowship Essentials

2022-2023 Academic Year

The Cornell Presidential Postdoctoral Fellows program is not accepting applications for the 2022–2023 academic year. Please visit How to Apply for future announcements concerning the 2023–2024 application cycle.

2018 Inaugural Year

Cornell University launched the Cornell Presidential Postdoctoral Fellows program in 2018 with its first class of fellows—an exemplary group of researchers and scholars. Their projects range from helping to find solutions to the world’s plastic waste problem to the art of media making. The program offers significant independence and resources to top-tier postdoctoral researchers and scholars in all areas of study.

Radical Collaboration Themed Topics

A number of postdoctoral positions are reserved for applications that focus on a thematic area of Cornell University’s Radical Collaboration Initiative, as outlined by the Cornell Provost Office. The 2019–2020 topic, “Advancing Genome Biology,” was aligned with the Provost’s Task Force on Genome Biology

Only some positions are reserved for the themed topic. All other areas of research and scholarship continue to be part of the program.

Scope and Eligibility 

Candidates from all areas of research and scholarship—who are no more than two years past the award date of their doctoral degree at the time of the appointment—are eligible for the Cornell Presidential Postdoctoral Fellows program.

Successful candidates may affiliate with more than one Cornell faculty sponsor as well as have access to the full range of talent and resources at Cornell. The program encourages fellows to interact broadly with the Cornell intellectual community, in addition to their postdoctoral research with their faculty sponsor and the research group.

Length of Appointment

An appointment is up to three years, subject to the faculty sponsor’s annual evaluation of scholarly progress. Depending on the interest and career goals of the postdoctoral fellow, an appointment can include a teaching component. A teaching commitment can be no more than 25 percent averaged over the length of the appointment.

Stipend and Benefits

The stipend for the 2019–2020 academic year was $68,000 plus full Cornell University employee fringe benefits. Each fellow also received $5,000 annually for discretionary research expenses, including travel.

Selection Process

The Cornell Provost appoints a committee of up to 20 tenured, research-active faculty, chaired by the Vice President for Research and Innovation, to review applications and nominations and make awards. Deans and the Vice President for Research and Innovation submit faculty nominations from the selection committee to the Provost.