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Graduate Fellowships

Application Deadline: March 10, 2025
Application Timeframe: Spring
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These fellowships from the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies support graduate students during a semester of international fieldwork.

The fellowships are awarded to Cornell PhD students in any field whose dissertation research is relevant to the concerns of the institute. Up to two students receive awards each year.

Eun A Jo, PhD student

The fellowships cover in-absentia tuition, a stipend, and health insurance for one semester. The competition for these academic year fellowships is usually announced at the beginning of the spring semester, with an application deadline in mid-March for fellowships beginning the next fall.

The application for a graduate fellowship must be completed online. For your application to be considered, be sure to answer all questions, and ask the registrar to send an official transcript to us. PACS will award up to two graduate student fellowships for the 2024–25 year. 

Examples of topics that have been supported in the past include dual-use technology and weapons proliferation; international humanitarian law and the norms of warfare; the impact of new technologies on peace or conflict; regional security; histories of war or peace; studies of ethnic conflict; international political economy related to security; civil-military relations; terrorism; and post-conflict reconciliation and reconstruction.


  • You must be a doctoral student at Cornell conducting off-campus research related to peace and conflict studies.
  • The fellowship support (external funds) is not intended to substitute for Cornell financial support, and should not lead to a reduction in the fellow’s guaranteed package of support at Cornell.
  • You are expected to provide a written output related to your off-campus research—such as one or more dissertation chapters or publications-in-progress—and you may be invited to present on this work in the Reppy Institute seminar series.
  • For equally competitive applications, preference will be granted to those submitted by students with a record of active participation in the intellectual and social life of the Institute, particularly as our weekly seminar series.

How to Apply

  • Complete an online application. You will be asked to provide a thesis title or area of research interest and a short thesis prospectus. Describe what you intend to do during the duration of your research fellowship, including what written work will be produced as a result (e.g., dissertation chapters or a peer-reviewed article) and whether it might make for a suitable research presentation. The recommended length of the prospectus is approximately 2500 words (about 10 pages double-spaced), but longer or shorter proposals are also acceptable.
  • Request an official Cornell e-transcript from the registrar to be sent to by the application deadline.
  • Save your online application as you go. Once you submit your application you will still be able to edit your submission up until the deadline.
  • Ask your committee chairperson to write a letter of recommendation. Once you submit your fellowship application online, your recommender will be given access to the online system and will receive an automatic email prompting him or her to upload a recommendation letter.

Additional Information

Funding Type

  • Fellowship


  • Student