Graduate Program Funding

Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S)

MPS candidates are responsible for all costs associated with the degree (i.e. tuition, insurance, living expenses). The 2016-17 tuition rate is $33,200/year and estimated living expenses are approximately $2,096/month. Student loans are available for M.P.S. students; for more information about funding, you can visit the Graduate School web site.   

M.S. and Ph.D.

All MS and PhD candidates admitted to our program must be fully funded by either (i) a department assistantship and/or faculty research funds, or (ii) but an outside fellowship such as Fulbright, NIH, or other government/educational funding agency. We are unable to admit self-funded MS and PhD students to our program.

Department Assistantship and Faculty Research Funds:

All MS and PhD applicants who have not secured an outside funding source are considered for a department assistantship/faculty research funds. Funding consideration does not require a separate application. Applicants for whom we can identify funding for will be admitted to our program. Graduate assistantships include: full tuition, health insurance and an annual stipend of approximately $32,000. Renewal of financial support each semester is contingent upon academic performance constituting good standing in the graduate field and satisfactory performance in any teaching or research responsibilities.

Outside Funding:

To support their graduate education, applicants are encouraged to apply for educational, government and other non-Cornell fellowships such as Fulbright, NSERC, NIH, and CONACYT. With the ultimate goal of attracting high-quality PhD and MS students and increasing external funds as resources to support graduate students, the Department of Food Science has instituted a graduate student fellowship incentive plan. An annual award, valued at 10% of the annual external fellowship stipend amount (e.g. a student who has been awarded an external fellowship that provides an annual stipend of $20,000, would receive an annual incentive payment of $2,000 for every year of the external fellowship). 

Due December 1, 2016: International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions are supported.

To identify potential fellowship opportunities, the Cornell Graduate School offers an extensive external fellowship database resource.