Cornell Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship

How to Apply

Prospective applicants for the Cornell Presidential Postdoctoral Fellows program can contact any tenure-track or tenured Cornell faculty to serve as sponsor. If a faculty member agrees, then the faculty member provides a letter of recommendation.  

Be sure to contact the Cornell faculty member considerably in advance of the deadline, since faculty may receive multiple requests for sponsorship.


Application Materials

✓ Candidate's CV (maximum of four pages)

Include publication list and Ph.D. graduation date, and list the Ph.D. advisors name. If not yet graduated, please note the estimated date of graduation. Applicants graduated before September 1, 2017 will not be considered. Font size should be no smaller than 11pt.

✓ Two-Page Description of the Proposed Research

Include a clear statement of objectives and the significance and expected impact of the proposed research if successful. If your application is responsive to the Genome Biology Initiative, you must include a section outlining how your proposed work aligns with this Radical Collaboration. The 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.

✓ Two Letters of Recommendation (maximum of two pages for each letter)

Include a required letter from the candidate’s PhD thesis advisor, which provides a detailed assessment of the candidate’s qualifications and potential for innovative, ground-breaking, independent research.

✓ Additional Letters of Support from the Cornell Lead Faculty Sponsor—and Secondary if Applicable (maximum of two pages for each letter)

Include 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.

✓ A statement on diversity and inclusion (maximum of one page) 

Outline your past, present, and/or future aspirations to promote equity, inclusion, and diversity in your career as a researcher and educator, and/or convey how you see these commitments materializing as a postdoc at Cornell. This may include, but is not limited to discussion of lived experience as a member of an underrepresented group; experience living and meaningfully interacting with individuals with a variety of identities; and professional development or other training in diversity, equity and inclusion. If your experiences are different from those listed and you have a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, please explain how you will manifest that commitment in this postdoctoral position. Font size should be no smaller than 11pt.


Please refer to the FAQs page.

For other questions or comments, please contact:
Cornell Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowships
Office of Sponsored Programs
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14850

NOTE: If proposed sponsors or recommendation letter authors wish to keep their letters confidential, please submit the letter directly to as a PDF file, with the file name “ApplicantLastName, ApplicantFirstName-CPPF2020”.

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