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Financial support

See also Cornell University Graduate School financial aid information and costs.

A limited number of research and teaching assistantships are available on a highly competitive basis.

Graduate students in horticulture are usually supported by department funds from diverse sources. These scholarships generally include year-round monthly living stipends, full coverage for academic tuition and fees, and a group-health insurance policy for the student.

Exceptionally qualified applicants for Ph.D. programs may receive Cornell University Fellowships or National Science Foundation scholarships for one or more years of their graduate programs. Other sources of financial support available for students include:

  • Graduate Research Assistantships that provide full support in compensation for 10-15 hours per week of assistance in horticulture faculty research programs.
  • Partial or full support from grants received by individual faculty, requiring student participation in research within the scope of the funding grant.
  • Biology Program Teaching Assistantships that provide full support in compensation for 15-20 hours per week teaching sections of introductory biology courses.
  • Scholarships from other sources such as the Fulbright Program or Rockefeller Foundation, and various governmental scholarships from the native countries of international students.

University housing for single graduate students is available in residence halls and apartments.  For students accompanied by another adult and/or children, unfurnished or furnished apartments maintained bh the university are available.

Private, off-campus housing is also available.  The quality and cost vary widely.  The university maintains a list of vacancies, but it is not practical to negotiate for off-campus accommodations until you arrive in Ithaca.

Other funding sources include:

Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeships - Students applying to our PhD program are eligible to compete for a prestigious Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) that has the theme of Food Systems and Poverty Reduction. This IGERT, managed by Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development, provides 2 years of generous financial support to successful candidates and offers supplementary training for students in the first 1-2 years of their doctoral program. By undertaking supplementary coursework and participating in a unique 6 month field research experience in Africa, selected students learn to work as members of interdisciplinary teams and to integrate concepts and methods from across food system-related disciplines in both the natural and social sciences. This highly competitive, National Science Foundation program can only provide financial support to US citizens or permanent residents. More information.

Cornell Assistantship for Horticulture in Africa (CAHA) provides a doctoral assistantship in the Graduate Field of Horticulture to a student from Sub-Saharan Africa. Successful candidates must already have a Master’s degree, originate from a country in Sub-Saharan Africa, excluding South Africa, and be of native African ancestry.  Course work will be completed at Cornell University while dissertation research will be conducted primarily in Africa under the supervision of a local thesis advisor. Depending on the nature of the research and associated costs, it may be necessary for the student to secure additional outside funding.  The assistantship will require 15 – 20 hours per week of teaching and/or research responsibilities. Acceptance into the program is contingent on the student’s agreeing to return to Sub-Saharan Africa after completion of the doctoral degree. Deadline for 2016 admission is August 1, 2015. More information and application form.

William Frederick Dreer Scholarship  provides a worthy undergraduate or graduate student, specializing in the Department of Horticulture or Landscape Architecture, with an opportunity to study or engage in directed practice related to the field of floriculture and ornamental horticulture abroad. Scholarship, character, maturity, seriousness of purpose and potential are considered. William F. Dreer was an innovative seeds man from Philadelphia. Read more about the Dreer Scholarship.

Homan Travel Grant is available for all graduate students in the Field of Horticulture attending scientific meetings.  Homan Travel Grant application form.

Whatever the funding source, continuance of graduate scholarships is contingent upon satisfactory performance and progress in each student’s academic coursework, research, and thesis or dissertation completion. Most scholarships also require that graduate students be engaged full time in their research projects during the summer months and inter-semester recess.

The Department of Horticulture has some funds to support travel to professional meetings. Student eligibility for these funds is contingent upon a supporting letter from the major professor among other factors.