Graduate Student Funding and Awards
Research and Teaching Assistantships
Most teaching and research assistants at Cornell receive a stipend ($30,088), full payment of tuition ($29,500), and health insurance through Cornell's Student Health Plan (SHP; $4,046).
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 TA position is an academic appointment averaging no more than 15 hours per week. In the Mathematics Department, there are three types of Teaching Assistant (TA) positions: recitation TA for 1000-2000 level classes, grading TA for upper division courses with proof-based homework, and instructional TA for Math 1110 Calculus I or Math 1120 Calculus II. Graduate students who are interested in an academic career are encouraged to be an instructional TA at least once prior to their final year of graduate school.
The International Teaching Assistant Program (ITAP) summer orientation is mandatory for international students, including foreign nationals who have earned undergraduate degrees from U.S. institutions. 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.
Department Prizes and Awards
Robert John Bättig Graduate Prize:
Recipients of the Bättig Prize are selected based on excellence and promise in mathematics. The award is given to graduate students who have passed their A exam.
Awarded for excellent work as students in the graduate program and/or as teaching assistants, the Hutchinson Fellowship provides one semester of relief from teaching to allow students to work on their thesis problems. Accordingly, it is awarded to students who have passed their A exam. Preference is given to students with both outstanding academic achievements and outstanding teaching.
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.
Recipients of the departmental awards are listed on the Department Awards page.
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 Cornell graduate school funds several one-year fellowships with nine-month, full tuition, and health insurance. The 2022-23 stipend rate is $34,684. Students are offered a Teaching Assistantship after the fellowship period.
Other Fellowship Opportunities:
International Students: Pay close attention to the availability of fellowships from your home countries. If the funds from these awards do not cover full stipend and tuition, the Graduate School will, in some cases, supplement one semester of tuition dependent on availability of funding. This allows students to TA for one semester and have one semester free from teaching duties. In recent years both Canadian and UK students have received substantial awards from their home countries.