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Research and Teaching Assistantships

Most teaching and research assistants at Cornell receive a stipend, a full tuition fellowship, and health insurance through Cornell's Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP).

Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA):

A student whose research interest coincides with a supported research project may receive a graduate research assistantship, with the understanding that the dissertation research will contribute to the project. Because a student devotes considerable time to dissertation research, the time spent on research connected with the project is expected to be significant. GRAs may also be available during the summer for students who are working on their theses.

Teaching Assistantship (TA):

A teaching assistantship in the Mathematics Department involves teaching recitation sections in one of the basic calculus courses or grading papers for an advanced undergraduate course. Teaching assistants may work up to twenty hours a week but usually work about fifteen. Approximately one-fourth of all graduate students hold a teaching assistantship. For many years the field of Mathematics has been able to provide a Teaching Assistantship to all students entering without a fellowship award.

The International Teaching Assistant Program (ITAP) summer orientation is mandatory for international students. The program offers language, pedagogical, and cultural training and is required for all first-time international teaching assistants who come from countries where English is not the native language.

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Department Prizes and Awards

Robert John Battig Graduate Prize:

Recipients of the Battig Prize are graduate students in mathematics at Cornell who have passed their A exam (typically in their second year of study). Any such graduate student is eligible regardless of social and financial background. A department committee composed of the chair, the director of graduate studies and three members of the department's graduate admissions committee select a recipient each year based on excellence and promise in mathematics. 

Hutchinson Fellowship:

Awarded by the Mathematics Department to graduate students who have been outstanding in their work as teaching assistants or as students in the graduate program, the Hutchinson Fellowship provides one semester of relief from teaching to allow students to work on their thesis problems. Accordingly, it is given to students who have completed three years of study and are not in their final year.

The Torng Prize:

Established in 2017 by former graduate student Bung-Fung Torng, this prize is awarded annually to an outstanding graduate student for their work as a teacher. It provides summer support for the student to focus on their thesis work.

Eleanor Norton York Award:

Each year a student in the Mathematics Department and a student in the Astronomy Department, in which Eleanor York was employed, are selected to receive this award. The recipients are chosen from those in the middle of their graduate education on the basis of their achievements to date to encourage them to have even more success in the future.

Fellowship Opportunities

Cornell Graduate School Recruiting Fellowships:

Awarded to first-year graduate students on the basis of scholastic ability and promise of achievement. Recipients are chosen by the Mathematics Graduate Admissions Committee at the time of admittance.

The graduate school funds eight one-year fellowships with an nine-month, full tuition, and health insurance. The 2018–2019 stipend rate is $30,466. Students are offered a Teaching Assistantship after the fellowship period.

Other Fellowship Opportunities:

Travel Funding

Conference organizers often earmark funds to help graduate students with expenses. Take the time to investigate these possibilities even though they may not be mentioned on the conference web site. When funds are not available, one of the following sources may be of help.

Conference and Research Travel Grants

Conference Travel Grants

Grants of up to $675 are open to research degree students to travel to a professional conference at which they are presenting. All eligible students who apply receive some amount of funding. See the application form for more information about eligibility requirements and instructions.

Research Travel Grants

Grants to conduct thesis/dissertation research of up to $2,000 are open to research degree students, with priority given to those who have or will have completed their A exams by the date of travel. However, all research degree students are encouraged to apply. In a typical year, the Graduate School provides funding to 80-100 students who apply.

International Research Travel Grants

The Mario Einaudi Center assists faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates in identifying sources of funding for international research, study, and scholarship by providing both direct funding and information and referral services. Direct funding is available in the form of International Research Travel Grants for Cornell graduate students sponsored by the Einaudi Center and its constituent programs in cooperation with the Graduate School. Several forms of additional funding are available through the Area Studies Programs. One of these is the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship.