Graduate students in Entomology generally do not pay their own tuition out of pocket. Instead, tuition is paid and a stipend is provided to cover living expenses through a variety of mechanisms, including Graduate Research Assistantships, Teaching Assistantships, Extension/Outreach Assistantships, and various fellowships from the Cornell graduate school (including Graduate School Recruitment Fellowships, Fellowships in Support of Diversity, and Presidential Life Sciences Fellowships) and the Department of Entomology (including the Palmer Fellowship, the Griswold Fellowship, the Simeone Fellowship, and the Chapman Fellowship). A complete list of funding opportunities for graduate students are listed below. A number of our current students are supported by three-year grants from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF-GRFP).
Once students are admitted to the program and the first year of funding is identified, the Field of Entomology provides a "guarantee of support" for those students. For MS students, the guarantee is for two years. For PhD students, the guarantee is for five years. The guarantee of support means that we guarantee that students who are making good progress on their thesis research will be support by one of the mechanisms described above (Teaching Assistantships, Extension/Outreach Assistantships, Graduate Research Assistantships, or a Fellowship). We cannot always predict what support a student will have in the latter years of the graduate work, but we guarantee to find funding for all students who are making good progress in the program.
For more detailed information on our graduate program see the Entomology Graduate Student Manual Exuviae.