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IAD Tuition Waiver

The Institute for African Development, in collaboration with Cornell departments, coordinates the IAD Tuition Waiver, which is specifically directed to full-time African graduate students. Waivers are through the prospective student's college and must be approved by the college. Direct applications by students are not allowed.

IAD Funding Resources


Michael Latham Graduate Student Conference Travel

Michael C. Latham, M.D., served as professor emeritus and graduate school professor of nutritional sciences at Cornell University and as director of Cornell’s Program in International Nutrition for 25 years. The Michael C. Latham Travel Award provides Cornell graduate students enrolled in a development-related field with travel support for conferences within the continental United States. Masters' and Ph.D. students enrolled at Cornell who have been invited to present papers at professional conferences may apply for grants to help cover expenses related to conference participation (travel, lodging, conference fees, etc.). Topics should be relevant to African development. Awards are made on a case-by-case basis with a rolling deadline. The maximum amount awarded is $500. For more information or to apply write to with the particulars of the conference you wish to attend.  

Travel Grants

The Institute for African Development, in conjunction with the Einaudi Center for International Studies, offers travel grant awards to Graduate students who wish to carry out research in Africa. Students in good academic standing pursuing an MS, MA or PhD degree are eligible. For more information, visit the Einaudi Center web site.

Funding Opportunities through Cornell

Cornell University, through the Graduate School and the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, supports a majority of its international graduate students with fellowships, assistantships, or grants. The Graduate School's competitive funding package includes tuition, fees, health insurance, and a living allowance or stipend for 97% of on-campus students in research Ph.D. programs.

For more details visit the Graduate School or the Einaudi Center websites.


Other Funding Resources

Several foundations and development agencies provide financial assistance to students from developing countries. Many seek to assist these countries in strengthening their institutional capacity by helping young professionals continue their education, particularly at the Master's degree level. Often these organizations will collaborate with governments or other employers in making the fellowship awards.

The Institute for African Development offers links to various external Institutions and organizations with fellowships, scholarships and grants for African studies and issues appertaining to African Development.

Ford Foundation

Rockefeller Foundation


Margaret Mcnamara Scholarship Program

Stanford University

University of Pennsylvania