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Ann Cornelisen Fellowship for Undergraduate Students

for Language Study Abroad in the Summer Open to Current Sophomores and Juniors

Given by a generous alumna of Vassar College who believed strongly in the necessity of language and cultural study, this gift will make possible the opportunity for study of a current spoken language in any country outside the United States, preferably in conjunction with interest in sociology, diplomatic service or international law. The fellow must be enrolled in an academic program while abroad. Previous study in the language is not required. On average fellowships are typically around $8,000 but may exceed this if additional costs are warranted. Please be sure to include all of your anticipated expenses in the budget. This stipend is designed to provide living and study expenses for the summer (8-10 weeks).

Campus Deadline is February 25, this includes all letters of recommendation.

  1. Use the Recommendation Registration Form to register two people to serve as your referees.  One letter of recommendation must be from a Vassar faculty member. You must register your writers before you submit your application and inform them that the letters are due by the campus deadline. 
  2. Download the Budget Worksheet and complete prior to completing your application. You will need it when you are ready to submit.
  3. Complete the Ann Cornelisen for Undergraduates application and submit it by the campus deadline. 

The Dean of Studies Office will not fund travel to or study in any area that is under U.S. State Department Travel Advisory level 4.  The Dean of Studies Office will only fund travel to or study in any area that is under U.S. State Department Travel Advisory level 3 if granted through a petition process. For more information visit: Travel Advisory Policy 

Should you be awarded a fellowship please keep in mind that changes or modifications to your plan of study will only be considered in the event that there are extenuating circumstances (something preventing you from participating in the program you proposed: program cancellation, unsafe travel conditions, etc.) 

Please note that the awarding of a fellowship does not automatically mean that you will be granted Vassar credit for the program you attend. You must go through the approval process for the transfer of credits. For more information speak to the department chair in the respective area.

For Applicants: You must submit your application through the online system as indicated above. Please note that you cannot save information in the application and return to it at a later date. You'll need a transcript with your fall grades included so you won't be able to submit the application until mid January, the earliest. You should save your work in a separate document and enter it all at once when you are ready to submit. 

For Letter Writers: Candidates should register their references through the online application. Once registered, writers will receive a link to this form Letter of Recommendation Submission Form. If you haven't received an email please follow up with the applicant to ensure that you have been registered to write on his/her behalf. You may access this form at any time through this site, however you cannot save information and return to the form at a later date.

It is your responsibility to keep the fellowships office informed of changes and updates regarding your anticipated study. The Cornelisen Fellowship selection Committee will make all decisions regarding the final awarding of the fellowships. 

All arrangements in connection with the project including appropriate health insurance, travel and housing are the responsibility of the Cornelisen Fellow.  Vassar College is not responsible for any physical or mental injury, illness or property loss sustained by a Fellow during the course of his or her fellowship.  All Fellows will submit a report outlining the summer's work and providing a brief financial accounting to the Office for Fellowships by September 8.  

List of Cornelisen Fellows