This opportunity is available to:

  • Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Architecture, Art and Planning
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Business
  • Continuing Education
  • Cornell Tech
  • Engineering
  • Graduate
  • Graduate Management
  • Hotel Administration
  • Human Ecology
  • Industrial and Labor Relations
  • Law
  • Veterinary Medicine

Class Year Eligibility:

  • First Year (undergrad)
  • Second Year (undergrad)
  • Third Year (undergrad)
  • Fourth Year (undergrad)
  • Graduate/Professional

*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.*

Engaged Cornell: Community-Engaged Student Travel Grant Program

Grants typically not to exceed $1500 per individual to support students participating in service-learning and/or community-based research activities domestically or internationally. The goal of the program is to make engaged learning experiences financially accessible for students across the university and to help ensure that the cohort of participants in engaged learning experiences more fully represent the diversity at Cornell.


  • Funding available for winter, spring or summer break;
  • Full-time, registered Cornell undergraduate and graduate students in good academic standing;
  • Students are limited to one community engagement grant per semester;
  • Students in their final semester of school are not eligible to apply for funds;
  • Students may not receive funds to support community engagement taking place after their graduation from Cornell.

Additional Details:
The Community-Engaged Student Travel Grant (CESTG) program seeks to promote the quality of the engaged learning experiences it funds by facilitating trip preparation, critical reflection, and knowledge retention in order to assist students in their academic, personal, and professional development. Through CESTG, Engaged Cornell supports students who seek to apply their unique skills to make substantive contributions to communities, while practicing critical reflection to understand the complex issues surrounding service-learning and public engagement. The program encourages students to integrate lessons learned from their engaged learning experiences into their curricular and co-curricular lives at Cornell.

If you receive Engaged Cornell funding:
In addition to benefiting individual students funded by the Community-Engaged Student Travel Grant, Engaged Cornell also seeks to benefit others by facilitating the dissemination of knowledge about high-quality community engagement within and outside the broader Cornell community. Toward this end, each grant recipient is required to:

  • Submit reflections during engagement, a final report, photographs, and social media posts to Engaged Cornell to be disseminated publicly and shared with funders;
  • Attend a pre- and post-engagement workshop;
  • Present at the annual Community Engagement Showcase.

Global Cornell: Undergraduate Student Travel Grants


  • Funding available for winter and summer break only;
  • This opportunity is available to full-time, registered undergraduates from all of Cornell’s colleges, and funding is available to those with financial need;
  • Funding is available for formal curricular, for-credit, international experiences;
  • Students are not eligible to apply for funds to be used during their final semester or during the summer term following their final year;
  • Students who have received funding from other sources for their international travel are not eligible for duplicate funding;
  • Sponsorship covers international airfare costs only

Additional Details:
Global Cornell (in conjunction with the Office of Global Learning) provides sponsorship to undergraduate students to support international travel associated with the course of study the student has undertaken. The goal of the grants is to make international experiences financially accessible to all students across the University.

Global Cornell seeks to share student experiences with a wide audience in order to disseminate information on international opportunities to other students, parents, and alumni. Each grant recipient will have the opportunity to submit photographs to an annual competition, for public dissemination. We will also seek contributions for stories for our websites and other publications.

Global Learning: Global Encounters Scholarship

“Global Encounters” Scholarships of up to $500 per student to offset additional costs of participating in Cornell courses with an international travel component.


  • Funding available for winter and summer break only;
  • Full-time, registered Cornell undergraduate in good academic standing;
  • Demonstrate financial need consistent with university aid policies;
  • Be enrolled in an eligible semester-based program (see criteria below)

Eligible programs:
Credit-bearing Cornell University courses taught in Ithaca during Fall or Spring semester that feature an international travel component as an integral part of the syllabus.

Eligible costs:
Program-related costs, excluding tuition and air fare from the US to the program destination.

Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives (OADI)

The Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives (OADI) at Cornell University provides sponsorship to undergraduate students to support participation in events, programs, and initiatives that specifically address the academic and professional development of funding recipients. Sponsorship covers off-campus items such as conference expenses (registration, transportation, meals, accommodations), and costs affiliated with internships, externships, research experiences, and community-based and service learning opportunities.


  • Funding available for winter, spring or summer break;
  • This opportunity is available to active members of OADI programs, including the Pre-Professional Programs (P3), OADI’s Student Opportunity Programs (HEOP/EOP and POSSE), McNair Scholars Program, OADI Research Scholars Program, OADI First in Class Mobilizers, and the Gates Millennium Scholars Program.
  • Applications may also be considered from students who are not yet officially participating in these programs but who are generally active with OADI and who need assistance with activities, programs or fields in which they are underrepresented. Students who are “generally active” have utilized OADI’s resources/services or attended our general events at least five times in the past six months.
  • Students may only receive OADI funding once every twelve months. If you received OADI funding within the past twelve months, please consult the funding application deadlines below for assistance in determining when you will be eligible again. You may also reach for referrals to different funding sources.

If you receive OADI funding:

  • Reflection/evaluation report/s on the impact of the grant are required within two weeks of the conclusion of the conference.
  • A presentation at the Community Engagement Showcase, which will be held in the spring, is strongly encouraged. Recipients who are awarded funds from OADI are required to present about their experiences from the learning/professional development opportunity at a OADI sponsored program or event (Tuesday Engagement Lunches or Diversity in Scholarship & Engagement Symposium) or other approved Cornell event. Failure to submit a reflection/evaluation summary and complete a presentation will possibly forfeit any promised funds from OADI.
  • It is your responsibility to keep all original receipts or invoices for expenses you personally incur for travel (including boarding pass stub), lodging, food, and any other costs associated with the proposed activity. We may request that you submit these receipts to us after the experience is complete.


What is the selection criteria used?

Eligible applicants must submit a complete application to be considered by our review committee.  Following the deadline completed applications will be reviewed and decisions made based on the student's financial need (drawn from both the student's financial aid records as well as details provided in the application) and the merit of the application and proposed project or international experience.  

What is the average award amount?  

Typically, the combined total award amount for a successful applicant is in the range of $500 to $2,000.  Some students, despite completing the full OCOF application, may not actually be eligible for funding or may qualify for a smaller award of approximately $250 - $500. The total allotment to be awarded for a given cycle is dependent on the budgets of each of the four funding units that have been set aside for OCOF.  Awards from Global Learning are typically no more than $500 and Engaged Cornell typically does not award more than $1,500. Awards from Global Cornell vary and are based on the cost of airfare for the student's international experience.  

I missed the deadline, can I still apply? 

To be fair to all other applicants, OCOF does not accept late applications.  This is also true for incomplete applications after the deadline. All applications must be submitted fully complete by the time of the deadline. 

How do I receive the money if I receive an OCOF award? 

After notification of having received an award, you will be requested to confirm that you are participating in your off-campus opportunity/program and would like to accept the funds.  Once we receive your confirmation, funds will be transferred directly to your Bursar account in approximately 2-3 weeks.  Some delays may occur if there are any change in places to your proposed experience abroad.