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Fellowship and Scientific Writing Resources

Weill Cornell Graduate School (WCGS) strongly encourages our students to apply for external funding. While we guarantee funding for all students during their training, the process of writing a fellowship allows you to hone your scientific writing skills and develop your research project. Receiving a fellowship can also make your future job applications - in and outside academia - more competitive.

The Office of Fellowships and Scientific Writing (OFSW) supports students through every step of the grant writing and submission process. 

Fellowship Opportunities

Please check out our highlighted Fellowship Opportunities and the WCM Funding Database.

Services provided by OFSW

Students are invited to schedule individual appointments for specialized consultations, attend peer workshops, and other programming to help in with their scientific writing and communication needs.

Submission of Graduate Student Fellowship and Grant Applications

Some fellowships are submitted to the sponsor from the university using a "system-2-system" platform; other fellowships are submitted to the sponsor by the applicant. Regardless of the method of submission, all fellowships with a budget must be reviewed by the university prior to submission.

The Office of Fellowships and Scientific Writing is responsible for routing all graduate student fellowship and grant applications to the Office of Sponsored Research Administration (OSRA) at Weill Cornell Medicine for review. Fellowship applications are routed to OSRA through Weill Research Gateway (WRG). 

To ensure that application review is done correctly, OSRA has standard due dates associated with application routing in WRG.

NIH submissions

NIH submissions are due for pre-review at 3pm EST 7 business days prior to the sponsor deadline. Pre-review requires that all “non-science” documents must be finalized. All attachments except the Specific Aims page, Research Strategy, and associated Bibliography are due in their final form at pre-review.

NIH submissions are due for final review at 3pm EST 2 business days prior to the sponsor deadline. All grant documents must be finalized at this time.  

All other submissions

All other submissions are due for final review at 3pm EST 2 business days prior to the sponsor deadline. All grant documents must be finalized at this time. 

Fellowship Writing Workshops

The OFSW has sourced materials from the NIH, professional grant writing consultants, and the literature to create multiple fellowship writing workshops that combine didactic lectures with peer review of participants’ proposals. Notification of the workshop dates are sent out via the Graduate Student email list.

  • NSF GRFP Workshop: The NSF GRFP funds early-stage graduate students who have not completed a Master’s degree. This 6-week long workshop includes detailed instruction regarding rules and regulations, review criteria, and peer review of students’ drafts. Dates: September-October

  • NIH F31 Workshops: The F31 National Research Service Award (NRSA) predoctoral training fellowship is given to promising applicants with the potential to become productive, independent investigators. We offer the F31 workshop series three times a year and the dates coincide with NIH fellowship cycle deadlines. The goal of these 8-week long workshops is to provide students with information regarding application components as well as the NIH peer review system for evaluating fellowships and grants. Dates: October-November, February-March, and June-July

One on One Consultation and Proposal Editing Services

We encourage students to reach out to our office to set up appointments for individualized advice on all topics related to fellowships. We can assist at all stages of proposal development; including helping you choose the fellowship that is right for you, brainstorming research topics/hypothesis development, and structuring an effective proposal.  With advanced notice, we also offer professional editing of finalized drafts.

Fellowship Progress Reports and Termination Notices

The Office of Fellowships and Scientific Writing (OFSW) works together with the Graduate School's post-award and financial team and Office of Sponsored Research Administration (OSRA) to help students with federal fellowships submit required progress reports. These include:

Additional Resources

Receiving a fellowship positions you as a leader in your scientific field, whether at the beginning of your graduate career or close to graduation. Further, effectively communicating your research to other scientists and the general public is a critical component of your scientific training at WCGS. Please refer back to this site as we frequently update programming throughout the academic calendar. We've listed additional resources here that might be helpful. 

Meet Our Fellows

WCGS Fellowship Award Policies

WCGS Travel Award Policies

Diversity Supplement Information

Office of Fellowships and Scientific Writing Contact Information

Contact us with questions regarding fellowship development or scientific writing. 

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Nora McCall, PhD
Senior Grants

Weill Cornell Medicine Graduate School of Medical Sciences 1300 York Ave. Box 65 New York, NY 10065 Phone: (212) 746-6565 Fax: (212) 746-5981