Weill Cornell Medical College's current campaign, Discoveries that Make a Difference is investing in endowment funds to provide ongoing support for our innovative research programs, superior faculty and promising students.
Weill Cornell's endowment has grown steadily over the years as alumni and friends have sought to help secure the school's well being. Donors to endowment, which is a permanent source of income, are the guardians of the institution’s future. Endowed gifts help to sustain Weill Cornell as a premier center of learning, enabling the Medical College to attract and retain outstanding faculty members, fellows and students; provide crucial financial aid; and support key institutional resources. Listed below are several endowment opportunities available at Weill Cornell.
The Graduate School of Medical Sciences provides opportunities for doctoral students to pursue advanced study and research training in the biomedical sciences. An endowed deanship will enable Weill Cornell to support and retain an exceptional academic leader to direct this key program.
An endowed professorship is among the greatest honors that can be bestowed on an individual at the Medical College. Embodying the highest standards of service, an endowed professorship provides indispensable salary and other support for a superior member of Weill Cornell's faculty to address the critical teaching, research and clinical challenges of medicine. Professorships may be established in the basic, research or clinical sciences.
Nancy M. and Samuel C. Fleming established Weill Cornell’s first-ever endowed Research Scholar Award, which provides outstanding junior and mid-level faculty members with financial support early in their careers. Read more about The Fleming Research Scholar Award in Milestones.
These endowments are designed to provide valuable junior faculty members with financial support early in their careers. Support is provided specifically so that young physicians and physician - scientists can balance patient care with research and teaching activities; thereby making a strong commitment to academic medicine. These junior faculty endowments are appointed on a three-year basis, which can be renewed for an additional three-year term at the Dean’s discretion.
Support for members of the Weill Cornell faculty conducting research in one of the priority scientific areas of the Discoveries Campaign including Cancer; Cardiovascular Disease; Children’s Health; Diabetes, Metabolic Disorders and Obesity; Global Health and Infectious Disease; Molecular Therapeutics; Neurodegenerative - Neuropsychiatric Diseases and Aging; and Stem Cell, Developmental Biology, Reproductive and Regenerative Medicine. Funds can be used for research activities, equipment acquisition, assistance in grant writing or to help researchers seize new opportunities with the goal of generating external funding and grants. These institutional endowments can be awarded on a yearly basis for a maximum of 10-years.
The Tri-Institutional M.D.-Ph.D. Program (a joint program of The Rockefeller University, Sloan-Kettering Institute and Weill Cornell Medical College) aims to increase the number of physician - scientists who investigate clinically significant scientific questions and transform scientific advances into more effective medical practice. The academic program is an intensive seven-year course of study which provides students with a strong background in both clinical medicine and laboratory science. An endowed Medical Scientist Fellowship funds a student pursuing this rigorous course of instruction.
Pre-doctoral fellowships are vital to strengthening Weill Cornell’s biomedical research training programs for doctoral students. An endowed pre-doctoral fellowship enables Weill Cornell to support the expenses of a student who is pursuing a Ph.D. in a basic science discipline within the Graduate School of Medical Sciences.
Thanks to the Thomas P. McGovern, M.D., '74 Scholarship, Joseph Pale was able to attend Weill Cornell Medical College, help open an emergency obstetrics hospital in Nigeria, and have the freedom to choose his medical specialty. Learn more about the benefits of scholarship funding in Milestones.
Established in 1898 in part through the gifts of Colonel Oliver H. Payne, the Medical College quickly became a national leader in medical instruction. Endowed Payne Scholarships carry on the tradition of excellence in medical education which Colonel Payne inaugurated a century ago by providing major financial aid for qualified students.
As the first dean of the Medical College, Dr. William M. Polk was committed to rigorous clinical and laboratory training for medical students. An endowed Polk Scholarship, established with a gift between $100,000 - $249,999, will help to ensure major financial support for qualified students in their pursuit of the doctor of medicine degree.
Endowed scholarship funds enable the Medical College to provide financial assistance for its exceptional medical students, many of whom go on to become leaders in the field of medicine. Endowed scholarships allow Weill Cornell to recruit the very best medical students, and help the school remain at the forefront of medical education. There are two additional levels available to support medical students enrolled in the Medical College, all of which will be named in honor of the donor or a person of their choosing:
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