Sidgwick-Miller CEU Scholar at the Cornell Branch of Telluride Association - for CEU PhD Students

Sidgwick-Miller CEU Scholar at the Cornell Branch of Telluride Association


EXTENDED APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 10, 2024 at 23:59 (ET time)



The Sidgwick-Miller CEU Scholar is a joint initiative of Telluride Association and Central European University to bring one CEU student per academic year to live at the Telluride House and study at Cornell University. This program is intended for doctoral students who wish to work independently under the mentorship of one or more Cornell faculty members and participate in the unique self-governing democratic community of Telluride House. All students at Telluride, including the CEU scholar, live in a single room, and receive full board, and a scholarship.



The scholarship runs from mid-August to mid-May. Successful applicants will enroll at Cornell under the International Research Internship Program (IRIP) and conduct independent research under the guidance of a faculty member. Please read the application timeline section carefully to understand how to coordinate this two-layered application process.



Applications are open for CEU doctoral students studying at any Department at CEU. The selected student needs to have enrolled student status in academic year 2024/2025. As part of the IRIP program, students will be required to enroll in a 12-credit independent study in each semester at Cornell with their faculty advisor, therefore, they should be able to carry out independent research. Ideal candidates are in the writing stage of their doctoral studies.


Application Submissions

Applications have to include:

1) filled application form (with all the questions answered and essays submitted);

2) CEU transcripts;

3) letter/note of support from a Cornell professor

4) CV (optional);

Email submissions in a single attached document to and CC’ed to with “2024-25 CBTA Preferment Application” in the subject line. If you do not receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your application a few days after the due date, please write to
Application deadline: April 10, 2024 at 23:59 (ET time)


Because admission to Telluride House does not confer admission to Cornell, the Sidgwick-Miller scholarship offer is contingent on successfully completing the IRIP application process afterwards. While the IRIP process has gone smoothly for recipients in the past, it is essential to plan ahead for this stage when completing the application. Please use the following as a guide for successful completion of the application:

1.   Identify a Cornell faculty member in your field of study who agrees to sponsor your IRIP application and supervise two semesters of 12-credit independent study should you be accepted for the Sidgwick-Miller Scholarship. You will need to include a letter of support from this faculty member in your application. Note: there is no financial commitment needed from the faculty member or department – IRIP, Telluride Association, the Scholarship will cover tuition, fees, travel expenses, and room and board for the scholarship term.

2.     Complete the appropriate application by April 10, 2024, 23:59 ET time

3.     Selected applicants will be invited to participate in an interview either by phone/Skype or at the Telluride House. Final decisions will be available approximately at the end of April.

4.     If selected, complete the IRIP application with your faculty mentor.

5.     Apply for a Doctoral Research Grant from CEU (this application is only applicable for the one selected candidate, who will be contacted individually with the details)

For advise about applications and Cornell, you can contact the CBTA Preferment Committee at or the current CEU scholar, Teodora at with "2024-25 CBTA Preferment Inquiries" in the subject line.