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 PhD graduation date. If not yet graduated, please note the estimated date of graduation.

✓ One- to 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. The page limit includes figures, citations, references, and tables. Font size should be no smaller than 11point. Applications exceeding this limit are rejected without review.

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

Include a required letter from the candidate’s PhD thesis adviser, which provides a detailed assessment of the candidate’s qualifications and potential for innovative, independent research. The second letter is the candidate’s choice.

✓ 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, provided by faculty sponsors. These letters are critical and are considered rigorously by the review committee. No other letters need to be included.


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


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