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.

Thank you so much for your interest in the Affinito-Stewart, Microgrants and Leadership Grants. Given the current situation within our communities, we are pausing all processes and grant applications for the time being. Please know that we will be reassessing this process in the Fall, and will provide you with an update as soon as possible.

Please direct any questions to Carole Quealy at caq5@cornell.edu.

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.

PCCW Frank H.T. Rhodes Leadership Grants

The President’s Council of Cornell Women established the Frank H.T. Rhodes 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 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 women for leaders.

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.

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.