KIC Graduate Fellowships

Now Accepting Applications! Deadline June 11, 2021.

The Kavli Institute at Cornell (KIC) provides two named graduate fellowships each year, each with different eligibility requirements: Knight@KIC and Webb@KIC. Our fellowships are high profile, one-year positions designed to give promising young, nanoscale researchers the opportunity to develop novel tools that will enable their future research.


Our fellowships provide tuition, health insurance, and stipend for the relevant academic year (and in the case of the Knight@KIC Fellowship, stipend for one summer as well).

Criteria for Selection:

Applications are judged on the qualifications of the candidate, quality and originality of the proposed research, and suitability to the KIC mission.

All applicants must have at least one Cornell faculty advisor. The faculty advisor must consult with a member of the KIC Executive Committee well in advance of proposal submission.

Knight@KIC: Knight Family Foundation Graduate Fellowship in Nanoscience & Technology

Current Funding Period: AY 2021-2022 & Summer 2022

Eligibility: Open to 2nd or 3rd year Engineering PhD students.

Webb@KIC: Watt W. Webb Graduate Fellowship in Nanoscience

Current Funding Period: AY 2021-2022

Eligibility: Open to Applied Engineering and Physics PhD students in their 2nd or 3rd year.

Submission Materials Required:

For either fellowship, candidates must submit a PDF application packet containing the following materials to

  • Candidate CV, including a list of publications
  • One-page description of proposed research: proposal should have a major component developing/utilizing next-generation tools for imaging/control at the nanoscale. Please list all faculty sponsors at top of proposal. Applicants must consult their Cornell faculty sponsor(s) before submitting materials.
  • Letters of support: one letter signed by multiple Cornell sponsors is acceptable.
  • The Kavli Foundation advances science for the benefit of humanity and promotes increased public understanding and support for scientists and their work.

    Read about exciting new research in nano, neuro and astro at The Kavli Blog.

    Other Kavli Institutes in Nanoscience:

    Kavli Nanoscience Institute at the California Institute of Technology (KNI)

    Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at Delft University of Technology (TU-Delft)

    Kavli Institute for Bionano Science & Technology at Harvard University (KIBST)

    Kavli Energy NanoSciences Institute at the University of California, Berkeley (ENSI)

  • Contact

    Kavli Institute at Cornell for
    Nanoscale Science
    420 Physical Sciences Building
    Ithaca, NY 14853
    Trisica Munroe, Assistant Director for Research Initiatives.
    Phone: 607-255-5580