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Frederic Conger Wood Research Fellowship

View of the Alcázar within the Alhambra (ancient Muslim fortress-palace) from the gardens of the Generalife, Granada Spain.

Established in 1993 with a generous bequest from the estate of Cornell alumnus and trustee, Frederic Conger Wood, the Wood Fellowships support research in Europe by undergraduates.

Undergraduates from all colleges are invited to submit applications to pursue research projects in Europe. Selected students spend the spring semester prior to departure preparing the project under the guidance of an advisor.

During the summer or winter, Wood Fellows spend 2-8 weeks of field study in Europe and on their return write up the results of their research, often in the form of an honors thesis. Interested students should prepare a project proposal with the assistance of a faculty advisor in their major field.


  • 4-5 page project proposal (double-spaced)
  • Budget
  • Travel itinerary
  • Bibliography
  • 2 letters of recommendation*
  • If awarded fellowship, all students must register their trip with Cornell International Travel Registry
  • Cornell International Travel Registry system also incorporates the International Travel Advisory and Response Team (ITART) petition for travel to elevated-risk destinations. If your proposal includes travel to an elevated risk country, you are strongly encouraged to have a back-up plan for your project in the event that your ITART application is denied, or if the country to which you are travelling should become an elevated risk country subsequent to receiving your travel grant.

*The online application form requires applicants to provide names and email addresses of (2) faculty and/or staff recommenders. Once the application has been submitted, the online system automatically generates a notification email to the recommenders, letting them know a student application has been received that lists them as a recommender. From there, each recommender is instructed how to login and upload a recommendation letter.

Winners receive approximately $4,000 in funding, distributed through their bursar account.

Applications open on December 1, 2019

Deadline to apply is March 6, 2020

Click here to apply

For additional information or advising, contact Pamela Hampton, Program Manager of IES.