Pandemic Message

COVID-19 Update: For updates on the current status of each opportunity, please contact the Advisor listed, or for courses, check the linked Class Roster page.


Terms and Dates:

  • Winter 2020
  • Spring Break 2020
  • Summer 2020


Joy Das


Opportunity Description

Update regarding OADI funding: 

In light of the unknowns we’re all facing because of COVID-19, OADI Funds, whether accessed through the OCOF or OADI General Funding cycles, will be suspended until further notice. Please understand, if you have already or were planning to submit an application for funding, OADI will no longer be reviewing those for consideration. Although we continue to value the academic, co-curricular, and professional enrichment opportunities we traditionally support, we’re positioning ourselves to address the most pressing needs of our students moving forward. As we gain more clarity, we will update you on any changes.

Please feel free to visit the OADI webpage for other campus resources, updates, and general information:

OADI Funding | Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives (

Update regarding Engaged Cornell funding:

Due to the ongoing uncertainty we all face during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as summer travel and programmatic restrictions announced by Cornell University, the Office of Engagement Initiatives will suspend the Community-Engaged Student travel grants for Summer 2020. If you have already submitted an application, OEI will no longer be reviewing those applications.

We plan to use these funds to support students pursuing community-engaged learning opportunities remotely and/or in their home communities. More details are forthcoming, and you can stay updated by checking the Engaged Cornell COVID-19 resources webpage.

The Off-Campus Opportunities Fund (OCOF) is a common application for students seeking financial support for off-campus experiences (domestic and international). OCOF is predominantly for short-term programs when financial aid is less available. The fund consolidates the application and awarding process of three previously distinct grants offered through the following central units: 

Students are asked to submit an online application, in which they identify the grants they are eligible to apply for (according to eligibility criteria displayed in Requirements). The initiative increases access to information and simplifies the application process for students, while allocating funding in a more efficient, inclusive and equitable way.

Students currently enrolled in any Cornell Commitment program (Cornell Tradition, Rawlings Cornell Presidential Research Scholars, and Meinig Scholars) have access to funding through their program-related support accounts.  Please see the Commitment website for funding application information and deadlines.  Note that OCOF or any other additional funding should be included in your proposed Commitment budget.

*Any project that proposes student travel to an international destination deemed to be an elevated risk destination by the International Travel Advisory & Response Team (ITART), must obtain ITART pre-travel approval per Policy 8.5.  If applicable, we encourage you to contact for a consultation early on in your planning to increase the likelihood of ITART approval.*