Photo of women at the 2015 President's Council of Cornell Women (PCCW) Annual Meeting: Reception and Dinner: Celebrating 25 Years.

PCCW Grants

Advancing faculty research and careers

About our grants

The President's Council of Cornell Women invites qualified Cornell students and faculty to submit proposals for projects or events. Help empower women and raise awareness of women’s issues. The purpose of these grants is to increase participation and promote interaction between female students, faculty, administrators, and alumnae.

PCCW grant opportunities

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 women faculty and other faculty-related initiatives.


These grants fund women student organizations up to $500 each semester for projects or events directed to women. The Microgrants deadline for the 2018-2019 academic year has passed. We will begin accepting applications for the 2019-2020 academic year in the fall of 2019. Download the grant guidelines to learn more.


Leadership grants

The President’s Council of Cornell Women established leadership grants in 2000 to provide support for Cornell women. These grants fund activities that recognize them and prepare them for leadership. In keeping with PCCW’s tradition of support, the Leadership Endowment Fund assists the following Cornell groups:
• Women students
• Women’s athletics programs
• Women faculty, administration, and staff

Grants from the Leadership Endowment Fund are intended to support new projects which are deemed to have a reasonable probability of significant, substantive, and long-term impact and prepare and/or recognize women for leaders. The 2019 leadership grants deadline has passed. Download this year’s grant guidelines to learn more.


Affinito-Stewart grants

The Affinito-Stewart Grants program was established in 1990 to assist the university in its efforts to increase the number of women in tenured faculty positions. Affinito-Stewart grants support non-tenured Cornell women faculty in completing research already underway or in initiating new research projects that will provide the evidence of scholarship necessary for successful tenure submission.

The recipients receive seed funding for research and other academic projects critical to the tenure process to advance Cornell junior women faculty and promote the long-term retention of women faculty.

Affinito-Stewart Grants are intended to lead to:
• Major funding from foundations or government sources;
• Publication of books and/or articles in respected scholarly journals; or
• Other evidence of scholarship appropriate to a specific discipline.

PCCW annually recognizes recipients with awards of up to $10,000 for research and other projects. The 2019 Affinito-Stewart grants deadline has passed. Download this year’s grant guidelines to learn more.

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 of Cornell women.

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