Students are responsible for obtaining their own funding for the MPS program in Global Development. The program offers a limited number of scholarships and fellowships on a competitive basis. The list we provide below includes fellowships administered by the program, by other programs at Cornell, and by external agencies. This list is not an exhaustive guide to funding sources. It provides information about the sources of support obtained by our students in recent years.
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) offers one Coverdell Fellowship to a returned Peace Corps volunteer in the field of Global Development. The fellowship covers full-tuition and health insurance for one academic year. The fellowship may be split between two students. There is no separate application for the Coverdell Fellowship. All RPCVs admitted to the program are considered for the fellowship. Notification occurs in late March or early April.
Students admitted to the MPS program may apply for a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship from the South Asia or Southeast Asia Program at Cornell.
Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents and fellowship deadlines are often in early March. Interested applicants are therefore encouraged to apply to the MPS program early. The Fellowship provides a nine-month stipend of roughly $15,000 plus an education allowance (towards tuition) of roughly $18,000. Fellowship recipients agree to take language and regional studies courses in both academic semesters of the MPS program (note that language credits do not count toward the 30-credit requirement for the MPS degree).
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) provides fellowships to women for graduate study. Fellowships are available to US citizens and to women who are not US citizens but wish to study in the United States.
The Fulbright Foreign Student Program provides scholarships for young professionals to pursue graduate study in the United States.
The Organization of American States (OAS) Academic Scholarship Program provides scholarships to students from member states to study outside the sponsoring country. Non-US citizens from an OAS member state are eligible to apply for scholarships to study in the United States.
The MPS Program in Global Development at Cornell University has been selected as a “preferred program” by the Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJWBGSP). Admitted students from selected countries are eligible to apply to the World Bank for full funding. Please note that the deadline for applications was in April for this past cycle. Visit the World Bank site read about eligibility criteria, scholarship benefits, and how to apply.