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.

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 faculty and other faculty-related initiatives.

Affinito-Stewart Grants

Applications for the 2020-21 fiscal year are currently closed. Please check back after September 2021 for further information.

Congratulations to the following faculty members on being awarded a 2020-21 Affinito-Stewart Grant:

 Tolunay Beker Aydemir Division of Nutritional Sciences
Julia Dshemuchadse Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Jerel Ezell Africana Studies and Research Center
Kathryn Fiorella Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences; Master of Public Health Program
Seema  Golestaneh Near Eastern Studies
Deborah Levine Emergency Medicine
Rajalakshmi Nandakumar Cornell Tech, CIS
Elaiine Petro Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Devon Proudfoot Human Resource Studies
Yi Athena Ren Animal Science
Sadaf  Sobhani Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Erin Stache Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Ying Sun School of Integrative Plant Sciences-Soil and Crop Science
Simone Tang Management and Organizations
Kathleen Walsh Medicine
Eleanor  Wilking Cornell Law School
Qian Yang Information Science
Rong Yang Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Xinyu Zhang Accounting

The Affinito-Stewart & PCCW Grants program was established in 1990 to increase Cornell’s retention of women faculty and faculty conducting research and scholarship into women’s issues and advancement. Affinito-Stewart & PCCW grants support non-tenured Cornell women faculty as well as other faculty (associate and assistant ranks, both men and women) engaged in research and scholarship relating to women’s issues and the advancement of women 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 faculty and promote the long-term retention of women faculty and faculty conducting research and scholarship into women’s issues and advancement.

Affinito-Stewart Grants and PCCW 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 Frank H.T. Rhodes Leadership Grants

Applications for the 2020-21 fiscal year are currently closed. Please check back after November 2021 for further information.

Congratulations to the following faculty, staff and students on receiving the 2020-21 Frank H.T. Rhodes Leadership Grants:

Nishi Dhupa  Global Women of Color Mentorship Initiative
Emily E. Davies  NY Women In Law Enforcement Annual Conference Request
Jane Juffer  FGSS Alumni Association Launch
Alice Li  Executive Director, Rhodes Women Innovator Awards: Encourage & Promote Women Innovators
Laurie M. Johnston  Women Leaders in Labor Law: See one; be one
Sarah Brylinsky  Women in Sustainability Leadership Fellowship Program
Nadia Kiechle  Big Red 50th Celebration of Title IX and Women’s Athletics at Cornell
Praveen Sethupathy  Pioneers and Rising Stars: a symposium celebrating leading genome scientists
Dr. Ruth Gotian  Leadership Through Coaching
Ilana Brito  Forging industry
Margaret Wilde Frey  Entrepreneurship in fashion and technology
Geraldine McGinty M.D MBA  The Elizabeth Blackwell Networking Series

The President’s Council of Cornell Women established the Frank H.T. Rhodes Leadership Grants in 2000 to provide support for women’s issues at Cornell. These grants fund activities that recognize the recipients and prepare them for leadership. In keeping with PCCW’s tradition of support, the Frank H.T. Rhodes Leadership Endowment Fund assists the following Cornell groups:

•Women students
•Women’s athletics programs
•Women faculty, administration, and staff

Grants from the PCCW Frank H.T. Rhodes 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 individuals for leadership.

Questions? Please reach out to Carole Quealy at caq5@cornell.edu.

Microgrants

Applications for the 2020-21 fiscal year are currently closed. Please check back after November 2021 for further information.

Congratulations to these student organizations on their award of the PCCW 2021 Microgrants:

Arpita Sharma  Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Graduate Women’s Group
Caren Shin  Snee Graduate Organization
Karly Mondaizie  Building Ourselves Through Sisterhood & Service
Catherine Cai  The Smart is Strong Foundation
Alexis Fintland  Women’s Leadership Initiative

These grants fund women student organizations up to $500 each semester for projects or events directed to women’s issues and gender equality.

Questions? Please reach out to Carole Quealy at caq5@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.