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Finding Your Mentor


  • Meet periodically with the fellow.
  • Provide mentorship for at least 2 years.
  • Participate in a training retreat with the other fellows and mentors.
  • Be based at the same institution as the fellow (preferred).


The mentor should be an experienced professional who is willing to provide guidance, advice and support for the fellow and the project. The mentor is also required to participate in the first-year training retreat (expenses will be covered by the Program). For the pre-proposal stage, applicants should have identified a willing mentor and host institution. A letter of commitment is only required if you are invited to submit a full proposal.


  • Financial support (if needed; maximum of $5,000 USD).
  • Academic affiliation with Cornell University
  • All expenses covered for the first-year training retreat.
  • Networking opportunities with other fellows, mentors, and CSF program partners and supporters.