Awards and Funding Opportunities

Diversity Programs in Engineering receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring
Diversity Programs in Engineering receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring

Awards and Funding Opportunities

Awards and Recognitions


The James A. Perkins Prize for Interracial & Intercultural Peace & Harmony

Trustee Thomas W. Jones '69 has chosen to endow The James A. Perkins Prize for Interracial and Intercultural Peace and Harmony for the recognition of the Cornell student, faculty, staff member, or program making the most significant contribution to furthering the ideal of university community while respecting the values of racial diversity.

The President's Award for Innovation in Diversity & Inclusion

Recognizes the accomplishments of a staff member or manager/supervisor who has advanced diversity through their exemplary work. The university is committed to increasing the demographic diversity of its workforce and creating an inclusive workplace where each person is able to contribute fully to the mission and objectives of the university. The successful awardee will be a staff member or manager/supervisor who has demonstrated the University commitment to diversity and inclusion as reflected in the Toward New Destinations diversity framework and the values of inclusion outlined in Cornell's Skills for Success.

Constance E. Cook and Alice H. Cook Awards

Awarded to recognize a commitment to women’s issues and improvement of the climate for women at Cornell. The awards are named for Constance Cook, Cornell’s first woman vice president, and Alice Cook (no relation to Constance), one of the first women faculty members at the ILR School. Both were early advocates for women at Cornell.

Employee Recognition and Excellence Awards

Cornell celebrates the excellence of our staff and faculty with awards and appreciation events throughout the year.

Funding Opportunities for Intercultural Programming & Research


ALANA Intercultural Board

The ALANA Intercultural Board is an intercultural umbrella student organization that seeks to provide the Cornell community with a wide variety of programming that fosters awareness of and appreciation for a wide variety of perspectives and the ability to engage inter-culturally.

Engaged Cornell

Engaged Cornell supports the creation of new community-engaged courses, research, and internship opportunities, as well as the further development and curricular integration of current community-engaged teaching and research initiatives through several grant programs.

International Students Union

The International Students Union is an organization of students from a diverse background committed to promoting dialogue and awareness about world events, cultures, and issues. We fulfil this goal through the ISU's original events and the funding of student organizations, as well as assisting in the planning and execution of their events.

Off-Campus Opportunities Fund

The Off-Campus Opportunities Fund (OCOF) is a common application for students seeking financial support for off-campus experiences. The fund consolidates the application and awarding process of 5 previously distinct grants offered through the following central units: Cornell Abroad, the Center for Intercultural Dialogue, Engaged Learning + Research, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies in conjunction with the Office of the Vice Provost of International Affairs (VPIA), and the Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives (OADI).

Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives

The Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives (OADI) provides funding to university-recognized undergraduate student organizations to support events that fulfill two or more of the following objectives: promote multicultural student success and achievement, provide intellectual exchange and/or professional development for members of cultural student organizations, foster education around diversity and social justice, and create opportunities for community outreach, intercultural dialogue and coalition building.

President's Council of Cornell Women Grants

PCCW programs and activities provide scholarship support for talented undergraduate women students; help women’s athletics teams excel; foster the career advancement of graduate and undergraduate women students; and contribute to initiatives that advance the status of women students at Cornell.

Research Administration Information Services

Offered through the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, Research Administration Information Services offers a number of online sources to assist faculty and research staff in identifying sources of funding.

Student Activities Funding Commission

The Student Activities Funding Commission (SAFC) is tasked with allocating over $1.4 million to various student organizations at Cornell. Each year, over 500 registered student organizations benefit from the receipt of SAFC funds.

Student Development Diversity Initiatives

Registered SDDI student organizations may apply for funding through SDDI. Proposed programs and events must be culturally inclusive and open to the entire Cornell community; and fulfill the objectives of educational development and community engagement.

Toward New Destinations Grant

In keeping with the commitment to inclusion, the University Diversity Council developed a grant program to support and enhance annual diversity initiatives. These one-year grants range between $1,000 and $7,000 each.

Yang-Tan Institute on Employment & Disability

Grant opportunities are available for projects that focus on advancing knowledge, policies and practice to enhance equal opportunities for all people with disabilities.