About our grants

The President's Council of Cornell Women invites qualified Cornell students and faculty to submit proposals for projects or events. Help support gender equality and raise awareness of women’s issues.


Since its founding in 1990, PCCW has raised over $297 million for the university. PCCW facilitates knowledge across academic disciplines through its research grants for faculty and other faculty-related initiatives.

Affinito-Stewart Grants

The President’s Council of Cornell Women (PCCW) will award Affinito-Stewart Grants of up to $25,000 to advance the careers of non-tenured Cornell women and non-binary faculty as well as other junior faculty (of any gender identity, typically at the assistant level) engaged in research and scholarship relating to women’s issues and the advancement of women and non-binary persons. For instance, Affinito-Stewart Grants may facilitate these faculty’s ability to:

  • Procure major funding from foundations or government sources;
  • Publish or present scholarly works;
  • Advance academic promotion and tenure track; or
  • Give other evidence of advancement in their specific area of expertise.

Please contact Nataki Corneille, Director of Diversity Alumni Programs at pccw@cornell.edu

Applications now open – PCCW Frank H.T. Rhodes Leadership Grant & PCCW Mission Grant

The President’s Council of Cornell Women is now accepting applications for the 2023-24 PCCW Frank H.T. Rhodes Leadership Grant and (new in 2023-24) PCCW Mission Grant. These grants provide up to $25,000 to all Cornell-affiliated students, faculty, administrators, and staff.

PCCW Mission Grants (New in 2023) support projects that further PCCW’s mission to advance the causes of women and nonbinary persons.

PCCW Frank H.T. Rhodes Leadership Grants support projects that prepare and/or recognize women and non-binary persons for leadership. For purposes of this grant, leadership is defined broadly as the art of motivating others to achieve something new and better.

By default, all grant applications will be considered for both PCCW Mission Grants and Leadership Grants.

To apply for Mission Grant and Leadership Grant:

Please review the application instructions document which carefully outlines the purpose, eligibility, criteria, and process and complete the 2023-24 PCCW Frank H.T. Rhodes Leadership Grants application and PCCW Mission Grant application by February 13, 2024. The awards will be announced in April 2024. Funds will be distributed after July 1, 2024, and must be used by June 30, 2025.


The President’s Council of Cornell Women (PCCW) awards microgrants of up to $1,000 to currently registered student organizations of teams of 2 or more currently registered Cornell students to support events or projects that advance the causes of women and/or nonbinary persons by strengthening alumni engagement with Cornell University; preparing students to be educated global citizens; and/or advancing research, grants, and scholarship for gender equity and equality.

Please watch this short video, a guide to the Microgrants Application.


Questions regarding the PCCW Affinito-Stewart, FHTR Leadership, Mission, and Microgrants?  Please contact Nataki Corneille, Director of Diversity Alumni Programs at pccw@cornell.edu.

Meet past grant recipients

A short video produced by PCCW member Deborah C. Hoard MPS ’78 for the 2019 Annual Symposium to celebrate and recognize the impact of their philanthropy, mentoring and engagement.