NextGen Professors Program

Advancing Diversity in the Academy

NextGen Professors logo - Advancing Diversity in the AcademyNextGen Professors is a career-development program focused on preparing Cornell doctoral students and postdocs for faculty careers across institutional types. The primary audience for this program is doctoral students (in year 3 or beyond) and postdocs from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the professoriate, and/or those with a demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, inclusion, access and equity in the academy. Participants are members of a cohort who together engage in series of professional and career development activities including monthly NextGen Professors cohort meetings, Power Mentoring Sessions with faculty, and the Future Professors Institute. Participants also engage in the future faculty development program offerings of Future Faculty and Academic Careers.

For More Information

News article about the earliest cohorts of the program.

Visit the NextGen Professors Program section on the Cornell Graduate School website for full details.

We will open applications for a 2021-2022 cohort in late summer or early fall of 2021.


Please contact Graduate School Associate Dean for Inclusion & Student Engagement Sara Xayarath Hernández ( or Future Faculty and Academic Careers Executive Director Colleen McLinn ( with questions about this opportunity.


This project is funded by the National Science Foundation (grant number 1647094; AGEP CIRTL). Any opinions, findings, interpretations, conclusions or recommendations expressed at these events and in related publications and materials are those of their respective authors and do not represent the views of the National Science Foundation.