Fellowships and Financial Support

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The ILR School offers a limited number of fellowships, scholarships, and awards to ILR graduate degree students.  When available, the ILR School may offer the following endowed and school funded fellowships, scholarships and awards to ILR graduate degree students.

ILR Dean's Tuition Fellowship
Used to award highly qualified applicants to the MILR Degree Program.

ILR Dean's MS/PhD Travel Grants
Provides grants to ILR MS and PhD students for travel expenses.

ILR Research Assistance Grants
ILR PhD students may apply for a one-time research grant to be used for PhD dissertation or MS thesis research related expenses.

Teaching and Research Assistantships
Assistantships may be available to students after their first semester of study in the MILR program. The availability of these positions varies and placement is determined by the needs of the school and the professor.

CAHRS Graduate Assistantships - The Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies (CAHRS) hires MILR students as Graduate Assistants. These positions offer second year students, with a concentration in HR.

Benjamin R. Miller Memorial Fund
Endowed fund providing awards to deserving ILR MS and PhD students requiring financial support for research activities leading to completion of their thesis or dissertation.

Boyd and Virginia Ferguson Fellowship
An endowed award for a MILR degree program student.

Cyrus S. Ching Fellowship
Endowed in 1956 in honor of Cyrus S. Ching, by his friends to benefit ILR Graduate students.

Eleanor Emerson Fellowship
Award to an incoming MILR student in the Collective Representation (CR) or International & Comparative Labor (ICL) concentration. The recipient of the award will have the opportunity to work closely with resident and extension faculty on research and other projects at the Worker Institute at Cornell such as International Collective Action, Equity at Work, Labor, Environment and Sustainable Development, Precarious Workers, Public Sector and Strategic Leadership.

Emil and Margaret Mesics Fund
Established in 1994 to help support ILR graduate students.  The fund may be used for fellowships, teaching, research or extension and special awards including off campus thesis research and summer fellowships.

Frances Perkins (Telluride) Scholarship
ILR offers the Frances Perkins Tuition Scholarship to any ILR student awarded the Telluride Scholarship. For application information, please visit http://www.telluridehouse.org/.

John P. and Althea Halan Scholarship
Fund used to provide financial assistance to deserving students pursuing the MILR degree program.

Lawrence K. Williams Fellowship
Established in 2004 by former Professor Lawrence Williams, this fellowship provides tuition and stipend for living expenses for the first year of study in the MILR degree program. .

Sara Gamm Fellowship
Established in 2005 to support graduate students in the ILR School who are pursuing studies leading to a Masters or PhD degree. Students eligible for consideration should come from union, labor or employee association backgrounds and demonstrate interest in pursuing the study of the labor movement or plan to pursue a career in the labor movement.