Thanks to the generosity of graduate alumni, the Graduate School has some gift income available to assist graduate students with the costs of intensive summer language instruction in a language other than English for Summer 2012.
The Graduate School anticipates making 8 to 10 awards of $500 to $2,000 each to supplement department awards. Because of the large number of requests for funding each year, this is a competitive process. Priority is given to students who must obtain language proficiency prior to the Fall 2012 semester in order to initiate or complete dissertation/thesis research.
Successful applicants will make a clear and compelling case as to: 1) the importance of the language instruction to the research project; 2) why it was not possible to pursue the language instruction at Cornell during the regular academic year; and 3) the advantages of the program selected. A letter of recommendation from the student's special committee chair addressing these issues is also required. Applicants who can demonstrate financial support from the field/department or other sources will be given special consideration.
Application forms are available at http://www.gradschool.cornell.edu/sites/default/files/field_file/gradform_f2.pdf . Applications should be submitted by Directors of Graduate Study to Sarah Hale, 350 Caldwell Hall, no later than 4:30 p.m. April 30. Fields may nominate more than one student, but requests must be ranked prior to submission to the Graduate School. Awards will be announced by in mid-May.