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Minimum GPA: 2.75

Terms and Dates:

  • Summer 2023

Cornell Affiliations:

Agriculture and Life Sciences


Opportunity Description

The CALS Global Fellows program offers virtual opportunities with some of our partners. Please reference the placement listings for the number of available placements and the modality of participation. Please note, the CALS Global Fellows program may not fill all available spots for each opportunity. The CALS Global Fellows program has a limited number of total placements we can fill for each summer term. 

The CALS Global Fellows Program supports CALS undergraduate students from any major in pursuit of challenging, professionally-focused summer internships and research placements that enhance and complement their career goals and academic progress, while enriching their undergraduate experience with diverse cultural and international immersion. Through key partnerships, the Global Fellows Program provides a platform for students to make positive and definable contributions to global organizations and communities.

Acceptance to the program is competitive and a limited number of students are selected each year. 

Funding for the CALS Global Fellows Program is limited and cannot be guaranteed. Applicants should expect to cover the full cost of their program, however, are encouraged to apply for available Global Fellows grant funding. Grants awards will range from partially funded to full funding of your program. There are many factors that will determine how much is awarded. A separate application for grants funding will be required.  

For details on the estimated cost of this program and more information on possible funding opportunities, visit the cost tab.

Students who are rewarded a CALS Global Fellows Grant will be required to complete 3 parts to the program: a pre-engagement portfolio (completed in Canvas), a continuous 7–8-week internship or research placement in an international setting, and a 1-credit post-engagement course in the first 7-weeks of the Fall 2023 semester (ALS/GDEV 3105).

USFQ is a Cornell Global Hub partner university. Global Hubs are Cornell's collaborative centers of engagement around the world. Hubs will give students exciting opportunities for semester-long and short-term study abroad, field experience, participation in faculty-led research, curricular pathways through majors, internships, and more.

Suggested majors and/or professional interests: Environment and Sustainability, Global and Public Health, Animal Science, Biological Sciences, Biology and Society, Environmental Engineering, and Plant Sciences.

Information Session:

There are no information sessions planned at this time. 

Placement Opportunities

Placements: 4 (in-person) and 2 (virtual)

CALS partners with the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), a long time Cornell collaborator, to offer a set of unique research positions each summer. USFQ seeks to educate freethinking, innovative, creative, entrepreneurial individuals within the framework of the Liberal Arts and under its foundational principles.

USFQ offers a wide-range of research opportunities. Students applying to USFQ should review the list of available placements, choose a placement that aligns with your academic/career goals and apply to that specific placement through the CALS Global Fellows application. You DO NOT complete the USFQ application. While some placements may state a 5 hour a week minimum, CALS Global Fellows are expected to complete a minimum of 25-35 hours per week.   

About Ecuador

Ecuador, named after the Equator is located in South America. Quito is the capital city and considered the highest capital city in the world at 2,850 meters above sea level. The Galapagos Islands, the location Charles Darwin based is Theory of Evolution on, is located in Ecuador. Quito and The Galapagos are the two first World Heritage Sites in the world. Although Spanish is the official language, there are 13 recognized Indigenous languages also spoken. Ecuador offers an opportunity to learn about local culture while researching in diverse environments.

We encourage you to apply to your first choice program only. There is a space within the application to indicate if you have a second choice. If you are interested in two opportunities that are very different from one another and would prefer to write two statements of purpose, you may upload both to the same application in ONE document. Make sure they are clearly titled with the correct placement opportunity IF you are writing two statements. For reference, click here to review examples of statements from past participants.   

You may preview the application without starting an application by clicking on the “preview application” button next to the apply button. All applications contain the same questions and all information related to the program can be found within the experience page. There is no additional information within the application.