The Genomics Scholars Program

The Fall 2019 scholar competition is now CLOSED.
The Center for Vertebrate Genomics is not accepting applications for scholars at this time.
The CVG will announce its next round of applications in early Fall 2020. Due dates are typically in early October.

The CVG offers two types of Scholar Awards: (1) Distinguished CVG Scholar (two awards at $30,000 each) and (2) CVG Scholar (four awards at $10,000 each).

The CVG Scholar award is designed to support trainees (graduate students or post-doctoral fellows) who are carrying out exciting genomics-based research at Cornell. The Distinguished CVG Scholar award recognizes exceptional trainees who have already exhibited a very high level of creativity and penchant for genome biology. In both cases, the funds can be applied to trainee stipend and/or research.

Distinguished Scholars will have the opportunity to present a special seminar at VERGE and also will be invited to participate in the evening dinner event with guest speakers during the biennial CVG summer symposium. All scholars are encouraged to attend VERGE whenever possible, expected to participate actively in the CVG trainee-led journal club, and required to present a poster at the biennial CVG symposium.

Application Procedure


  • Applicants must be from laboratories whose PI's are members of the CVG.
  • Graduate student applicants must have selected a permanent laboratory home before applying. Generally, first-year graduate students are not eligible for the Scholars Program.
  • The applicants should expect to be at Cornell through Fall 2020.
    If the applicant will be TA'ing in the Spring of 2020, the award period would be delayed until until Summer 2020 and the applicant should expect to be at Cornell through winter session 2021.
  • There is a limit of one applicant per faculty CVG member lab.

Application Criteria

Projects to be proposed should have a genomics component and also concern vertebrates. Such projects may include, but are not limited to, genetic screens, computational analyses of genomic data, gene expression studies, population/evolutionary genomics, proteomics, or functional studies of vertebrate genes in model systems. Although all applications will be considered, the committee favors applications demonstrating one or more of the following:

  • The project is collaborative (between two or more labs) and/or multidisciplinary in a way that will enable new training for the applicant.
  • The applicant is training in a lab that has been actively engaged with the CVG.
  • The applicant is in the early/mid stages of training, such that involvement in the Scholars program is more likely to have impact.

The application should be written and prepared by the applicant. Part of the evaluation process includes an assessment of the applicant's ability to communicate scientific goals and ideas in a succinct fashion. Those applications that are written by the PI or are excised from grant applications submitted by the PI will not be considered.

Applications will also be considered, in part, on a needs-based criteria, as well as on available CVG funds. Funding need should be addressed in the PI letter.

Application Package

  • A letter of support from the PI. To be considered for the Distinguished Scholar award, the letter should include concrete examples of creativity and promise of the student. Applications will be judged, in part, by needs-based criteria. This should be addressed in the PI letter. (Letter may be submitted separately.)
  • A copy of the applicant's CV (Please include email address).
  • A copy of the PI's biosketch.
  • The project title and description. This should be no more than 2-3 pages, include a brief working title, an introduction and succinct description of the planned work, and address the project's relevance to vertebrate genomics.
  • Additional pages may be included for figures and supporting tables.
  • Supplemental material (e.g. accepted or published papers) can also be included, if desired.

Past Genomics Scholarship Recipients