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Laidlaw Graduate Mentors

The deadline for this opportunity has passed.
Application Deadline: March 26, 2023
Application Timeframe: Spring
Dana Oshiro '24, a Laidlaw scholar, spent six weeks working with Supporting Community Development Initiatives (SCDI) and VinUniversity


Shape the careers of undergraduate researchers and leaders as a graduate mentor for the Laidlaw Scholars Program.

As a graduate mentor, you will support up to five Laidlaw scholars as they complete a summer research project, ongoing leadership training, and a summer leadership in action experience. Through individual mentorship and small group facilitation, you develop relationships with students and enhance your mentorship skills.

In addition to receiving a stipend, you receive five hours of training from the David M. Einhorn Center for Community Engagement.

Laidlaw scholars attend a leadership retreat.
Laidlaw scholars attend a leadership retreat on campus in May 2022.


Graduate mentors receive a stipend of $1,500 paid in four installments over the 20-month duration of the program.


You must be a Cornell graduate student with research experience, preferably international. Previous experience providing mentorship to students, navigating conflict management, and managing your time effectively is required.

Experience facilitating community-engaged learning experiences, including orienting yourself to a new community, exploring social identities, and ethical principles of community partnerships, is preferred.


  • Commit to mentoring scholars for the entirety of the 20-month program, from April 2023 to November 2024. Mentors are needed on campus from June 5 to July 14, 2023.
  • Attend all training and workshop sessions.
  • Meet regularly with your Laidlaw scholars and program staff members.

How to Apply

Submit your application, including the following:

  • Résumé (no more than two pages)
  • Personal statement that speaks to your experiences with international engagement, mentoring students, community-based research, leadership development, and/or community-engaged learning (no more than 500 words)
  • One Cornell faculty reference

Questions? Contact Laidlaw Coordinator Kristin Ramsay

Additional Information

Funding Type

  • Program


  • Student