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The Cornell Sloan and Cornell Colman Fellowships are designed to increase the diversity of Cornell's graduate student population. These fellowships are administered by the Diversity Programs in Engineering (DPE) Office and are funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Colman Family Foundation, and the Cornell Graduate School.

Students selected for a Cornell Sloan or Colman Fellowship receive three years of fellowship support to pursue a Ph.D. in designated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) disciplines. In addition to stipend, tuition, and health insurance support, fellows also receive a $10,000 allowance to use over the course of their graduate for professional and academic development purposes. To be eligible for nomination for a Cornell Sloan Fellowship, students must be a U.S. citizen and identify as being African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Native Alaskan, Native Hawaiian, and/or Native Pacific Islander. They must also be an applicant for a PhD program in one of the following fields:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Applied & Engineering Physics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Biochemistry, Molecular & Cell Biology
  • Biological Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Genetics, Genomics & Development
  • Geological Sciences
  • Immunology & Infectious Disease
  • Material Science & Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Natural Resources
  • Operations Research & Information Engineering
  • Theoretical & Applied Mechanics

Opportunities for Colman Sloan Fellow:

Community Development:

Sloan Lunches provide students, Sloan Faculty Mentors, and DPE staff with the opportunity to engage with each other in a relaxed environment conducive to informal mentoring.

Professional Development:

Master Your Future is a seminar series, which focuses on professional development that is particularly relevant to the academic growth and success of our undergraduate and graduate students. Recent workshops topics include the following: How to Navigate Employer Events; Mastering Your A & B Exams; Mastering Your Productivity Reading & Researching Scientific Papers; Mastering Academic Career Pathways; and Mastering Your Elevator Talk.

First Friday Dinners are monthly professional development and networking events, which feature presentations by corporate sponsors and other invited guests. Topics range from employment and research opportunities, to strategies for maximizing academic, professional, and personal success.

Eligibility to participate in the annual Institute for Teaching and Mentoring sponsored by Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.


  • Mentoring by a faculty member separate from the fellowship recipient's advisor.
  • Peer mentoring through CU EMPower, the focus of which is supporting the personal and academic development and achievement of students in the College of Engineering. Click here to learn more!

Advising and Counseling Support:

  • Diversity Programs in Engineering provides Cornell Sloan Scholars and Cornell Colman Fellows with a second home within the university outside of their graduate fields. DPE staff provide ongoing advising and counseling centered on supporting the academic, professional, and personal development and success of our Cornell Sloan and Colman Fellows.
  • Cornell Graduate School's Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement offers workshops, events, and information to help all matriculated graduate students successfully navigate their graduate careers, learn transferable skills, and prepare for future employment.

Colman Leadership Program:

Cornell Sloan Scholars and Cornell Colman Fellows receive priority consideration for participation in the Colman Leadership Program. This intensive three-day program focuses on PhD students in Engineering, Computer & Information Science, Applied Math, and selected fields in the Life Sciences. The skills developed and knowledge acquired through participation in this program will position participants to become stronger leaders as they progress through their graduate studies and into their professional careers. Click here to learn more!

Graduate School Fellowships Database

Cornell University Graduate School office also has a Searchable Fellowship Database with information on more than 500 fellowships and funding opportunities external to Cornell.

The Cornell Sloan Diversity Fellowship Program is a key component of the Cornell University Center for Exemplary Mentoring funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Cornell Sloan Minority Ph.D. Scholars are provided three-year fellowships with the support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Cornell Graduate School.

The Cornell Colman Fellows are funded by a gift from the Colman Family, the College of Engineering, and the Cornell Graduate School.