The ISS hosts a social science faculty fellows program, about 10 per cohort, designed to nurture the careers of Cornell’s most promising assistant and associate professors two to three years away from their next promotion review. Faculty fellows receive a semester in residence at the ISS when they are relieved of teaching and major departmental service responsibilities. Each fellow is awarded a $10,000 grant for research. They also receive professional development, such as media and grantsmanship training sessions, to grow their careers.
In-residence fellows meet regularly over lunch to discuss their research in an informal setting. They have opportunities to engage with colleagues across the university to build professional relationships and new collaborations.
“An ISS fellowship offers exactly what junior faculty need most: time, space, resources, and community. The support and investment in the fellows made it easy to be productive and creative. Being at ISS is easily one of the most valuable experiences I’ve had at Cornell,” said Jane Mendle, associate professor in the Department of Human Development and a member of the 2015-16 cohort.
For others, such as Benjamin Cornwell, associate professor in the Sociology Department and a member of the 2012-13 cohort, fellowships provide opportunities to devote significant time to a project.
“I wrote an entire book on research methods that I could not have written without the time and resources the ISS provides,” he said.
ISS Fellowships occur roughly every three years. The ISS expects that applications will be solicited during fall 2017 for the 2018/19 cohort.