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Resident Language Fellow

Applications are closed for 2023-24 academic year. Information about the 2024-2025 RLF Selection Process will be updated in November.

Resident Language Fellows (RLFs) live in the Language House which is an immersive language experience within the Toni Morrison community beginning the fall of 2023.  They are native language speakers that enhance student’s linguistic and cultural competence in their target language and cultures.RLFs will live within a language immersive suite, in a single room.  Providing support to students as they further their development in the language.  RLFs will host events, take students to language and cultural events, and or provided opportunities to practice the target language.  The Language House will also have two Resident Advisors on the floor to support additional needs of the students beyond what the RLF tasked to provide.

Target languages for the 2023-2024 academic year are French, German, Japanese, Mandarin, and Spanish


  • $2,550 stipend for the full academic year, split into biweekly payments
  • Single room within a language immersive suite. Suites will be gender mixed with each suite having private bathroom access. 
    • Included single room can impact financial aid packages. Please contact Financial Aid to discuss your specific situation.

How to Apply:

Applications are closed for 2023-24 academic year. Information about the 2024-2025 RLF Selection Process will be updated in November. Please revisit this webpage at that time. You must review the eligibility requirements found within the position description prior to submitting an application.  

You must submit a 2023-2024 Resident Language Fellow (RLF) application if you are interested in a 2023 Fall – 2024 Spring RLF position.  

Applications are submitted through Qualtrics. Qualtrics form can be found here

The application will include the following questions: applicant information, eligibility questions, preferences, and short essay questions. Each short essay question should be completed in 250 words or less. Below you can find a preview of the short essay questions: 

  • What will be your class status in Fall 2024. Note, first-year residents are not eligible for this position.  
  • For which language(s) are you applying to be the Resident Language Fellow? Note, currently we are only searching for a Mandarin Resident Language Fellow 
  • Please briefly explain how you acquired your native/heritage speaker level for the language(s) for which you are applying. (e.g. Did you grow up in a country where the language is the dominant/official language? Did you grow up in the U.S. or somewhere else where the language was the dominant language in your household, but not the dominant language of the country/community?) 
  • What do you hope to bring to the Resident Language Fellow position? 
  • What do you hope to get out of the Resident Language Fellow position?  

Note: Submission of application does not guarantee an interview or position.  

Timeline for Resident Language Fellow (RLF) Position 

Application Open Date 

Priority Deadline* 

Application Closure Date ** 

October 4, 2023, by 5 PM EST  

October 18, 2023, by 11:59 PM EST 

Open until filled 

 * All applications will be considered if submitted by the priority deadline. Application consideration or submission does not guarantee an interview invite or position.
** Applications sent after the priority deadline and by the application closure date will be considered based on departmental need.   

Interview and Status Updates 

Interview invites will be sent on a rolling basis after the priority deadline. If an applicant is extended an interview invite, applicants will have 2-3 business days to sign up for a 45-minute virtual interview time slot upon receiving an interview invite. Interviews will occur Monday through Friday between 9 AM and 5 PM. Please monitor your Cornell email account regarding updates.  

Part of the interview will be held in the target language section to verify language-speaking skills, once the target language section has been completed the rest of the interview will be conducted in English.  

Final position status updates will be sent out on a rolling basis. Candidates will have 4 business days to accept or decline an offer. If we do not hear back from the candidate after an offer has been made, they will be removed from the selection process.   Note: An interview invite does not guarantee a position. We ask that you wait for a status update regarding interview invitations and final decisions post interviews as inquiries can further delay the process.   

Additional Information & Resources 

It is highly recommended that you speak to a representative from the Office of Financial Aid prior to applying and interviewing for the position. The remuneration for the position is room and a stipend and this may affect your personal financial aid. Information can be found on the Office of Financial Aid website.  If you are an international student, it is recommended that you connect with the Office of Global Learning to learn about eligibility requirements. Information can be found on the Office of Global Learning website.  

If you are a graduate student, it is recommended that you connect with your Graduate School to learn about eligibility requirements. 

If you are interested in resources available to you regarding interview preparation, we encourage you to visit the Career Services website.  


If you have questions after reviewing materials for the RLF position and visiting the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page, please email Please allow at least 2 business days for a response as we may be experiencing a high number of emails during the selection process. 



Information about the 2024-2025 RLF Selection Process will be updated in November. Please revisit this webpage at that time.