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 three or beyond) and postdocs with a demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, inclusion, access, and equity in academia, including but not limited to those from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the professoriate. 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.

Application selection for the 2023-2024 cohort has now closed. Check back in late summer 2024 for the 2024-2025 cohort application cycle.


Please contact Graduate School Associate Dean for Inclusion & Student & Faculty Engagement Sara Xayarath Hernández ( or Associate Dean for Professional Development Colleen McLinn ( with questions about this opportunity.


This initiative is co-sponsored by the Graduate School Office of Inclusion & Student Engagement and Future Faculty and Academic Careers, and is the institutionalization of efforts launched with support from the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1647094 (CIRTL AGEP). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in these materials are those of their respective authors and do not represent the views of the National Science Foundation.