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Funding Opportunities for Faculty and Students

Please note that some opportunities are not available at this time due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

Global Cornell is committed to supporting faculty through grants that foster global learning and collaboration, leading to new multidisciplinary, international partnerships for teaching and research. Funding opportunities help faculty implement innovations that internationalize the student experience. For students, funding can provide engagement opportunities with cultures worldwide, mastering foreign languages, and travel for research projects.


Opportunities for Faculty

Cornell China Center Research Grants

The Cornell China Center annually invites proposals from Cornell faculty for multiple types of research grants ranging in funding from $10,000 to $100,000. China Innovation Grants are for collaboration with faculty at any university in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, or Taiwan, with priority given to themes of health, sustainability, food safety, and cities and the built environment. The Cornell China Center-East Asia Program Research Fund awards grants for research on Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan, with priority given to research in social sciences and humanities. Joint seed funds are available to work with Zhejiang University (ZJU-Cornell) or Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU-Cornell) for collaborative projects.


Faculty Funding from the Einaudi Center 

The Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies is a place for faculty engaged in global research to connect and find partnerships on campus, in our region, or around the world. The center supports faculty-led research, conferences, and collaborations. Tenured and tenure-track faculty members from any program, center, college, or school are eligible to apply. There are offers two funding cycles each year.


Migrations Initiative Grants

The Migrations: A Global Grand Challenge initiative aims to cultivate collaborations that advance science, scholarship, teaching, outreach, and engagement in ways that generate new insights into critical problems for a world on the move. The 2020 grant cycle awarded $550,000 for 14 faculty-led projects. A new Migrations grant process will begin in spring 2021.


Opportunities for Students

Student Funding from the Einaudi Center

The Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies has helped students cross borders of language, culture, nationality, and academic discipline for more than half a century. The center offers many funding opportunities for undergraduates and graduates with deadlines throughout the academic year. Einaudi funding can help you engage with international cultures, understand people and places around the world, study foreign languages, travel for international research projects, or host a campus event with your student organization. 


Student Travel Grants

The Office of Global Learning provides sponsorship to undergraduate and graduate students to support international travel associated with the student's course of study, making global experiences financially accessible to all students across the university. Grants cover airfare for educated related travel during summer, spring, and fall breaks. The travel grant application is available through the Off-Campus Opportunity Fund.


International Research Internship Program

The International Research Internship Program offers qualified international students—undergraduate or graduate—the opportunity to conduct research on campus under the direction of a member of the Cornell faculty. The program requires prior approval from the faculty member in question, the department chair, and the college dean. Students may not directly apply for this program.