National Faculty Awards
Information and Deadlines for Major National Faculty Awards (2010-11)

  1. The Programs in this section have specific deadlines for application.


    1 Searle Scholars

    Description: “The Searle Scholars Program supports research of outstanding individuals who have recently begun their appointment at the assistant professor level, and whose appointment is their first tenure-track position at a participating academic or research institution.”
    Eligible areas: Biomedical sciences & chemistry
    Eligible ranks: Assistant (from participating institutions, K-State not a participant)

    23-25 NSF CAREER Awards

    Description: "The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from junior faculty members at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply."
    Eligible areas: Many supported (for details, see FAQs on website)
    Eligible ranks: Assistant (see FAQs on website)


    1 Burroughs Wellcome Fund (Scientific Interface)

    Description: “The Burroughs Wellcome Fund's grant-making strategies are to support biomedical scientists at the beginning of their careers and to make grants in areas of science that are poised for significant advancementbut currently undervalued and underfunded. These awards are targeted toward researchers whose doctoral training is in one of the physical, chemical or computational sciences and who intend to pursue academic research doing work that addresses biological questions.”
    Eligible areas: Biomedical, infectious disease, population, reproductive, science ed
    Eligible ranks: Post-Doc

    15 Guggenheim Fellows

    Description: “Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.”
    Eligible areas: Artists, scientists, & scholars
    Eligible ranks: Mid-career

    15 Alfred P Sloan Research Fellows

    Description: “The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 118 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.”
    Eligible areas: Sciences, mathematics, economics, computer science
    Eligible ranks: Mid-career

    29 American Council of Learned Societies

    Description: “The ACLS Fellowship program invites research applications in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences. The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant.”
    Eligible areas: Humanities & humanities related social sciences
    Eligible ranks: All ranks


    3 Burroughs Wellcome Fund (Medical Scientists)

    Description: “The Burroughs Wellcome Fund's grant-making strategies are to support biomedical scientists at the beginning of their careers and to make grants in areas of science that are poised for significant advancementbut currently undervalued and underfunded. These awards are targeted toward medically trained individuals whose research proposal is in basic biomedical, disease-oriented, translational, or molecular, genetic, or pharmacological epidemiology research, and who intend to pursue careers in academia.”
    Eligible areas: Medical scientists
    Eligible ranks: Post-Doc

    15 National Humanities Center

    Description: “Outstanding scholars from across the United States and more than thirty other nations have been awarded fellowships for advanced study at the National Humanities Center.”
    Eligible areas: Humanities & humanistic projects in other fields
    Eligible ranks: Open to all


    1 Getty Scholars in Residence

    Description: Getty Scholar Grants are for established scholars, artists, or writers who have attained distinction in their fields. Projects connect to the Getty Research Institute's annual theme.
    Eligible areas: Arts, humanities, & social science
    Eligible ranks: Established scholars, artists, and writers

    1 Burroughs Wellcome Fund

    Description: “The Burroughs Wellcome Fund's grant-making strategies are to support biomedical scientists at the beginning of their careers and to make grants in areas of science that are poised for significant advancementbut currently undervalued and underfunded. These awards are targeted toward assistant professors for the study of pathogenesis, with a focus on the intersection of human and pathogen biology. The program is intended to shed light on the overarching issues of how human hosts handle infectious challenge.”
    Eligible areas: Infectious disease
    Eligible ranks: assistant professors

    1 Pew Scholars

    Description: “The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. To date, the program has invested more than $130 million to fund over 500 Pew Scholars. Pew Scholars have gone on to conduct groundbreaking research and become leaders in their institutions and the global scientific community.”
    Eligible areas: Biomedicine
    Eligible ranks: Early career

    11 Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellows

    Description: “The Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellows program is the nation’s most prestigious learning experience at the nexus of health science, policy, and politics. Conducted and administered by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies since 1973, the non-partisan fellowship offers exclusive, hands-on policy experience with the most influential congressional and executive offices in the nation’s capital.”
    Eligible areas: Health policy
    Eligible ranks: Mid-career


    10 Newberry Library

    Description: “Fellowships at the Newberry Library provide assistance to researchers who wish to use our collections, but who cannot finance a visit on their own. Fellowships at the Newberry Library are of two types: short-term fellowships with terms of one to two months and long-term fellowships of six to eleven months.”
    Eligible areas: Humanities & sciences
    Eligible ranks: Post-Doc


    31 NSF President’s National Medal of Science

    Description: “The President’s National Medal of Science, the nation's highest scientific honor, is given to individuals who deserve special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to knowledge in the physical, biological, mathematical, engineering, or social and behavioral sciences.”
    Eligible areas: All sciences
    Eligible ranks: Career award

    31 National Medal of Technology & Innovation

    Description: “The Medal is awarded annually to individuals, teams (up to four individuals), companies or divisions of companies for their outstanding contributions to America’s economic, environmental and social well-being. By highlighting the national importance of technological innovation, the Medal also seeks to inspire future generations of Americans to prepare for and pursue technical careers to keep America at the forefront of global technology and economic leadership.”
    Eligible areas: Contributions to US economic, environmental, and social well-being
    Eligible ranks: Career award


    1 Cottrell Scholars

    Description: “Cottrell Scholar Awards support early career university scholars who are engaged in both outstanding research and undergraduate teaching practices at PhD-granting institutions.”
    Eligible areas: Astronomy, biochemistry, biophysics, chemistry, or physics (not engg)
    Eligible ranks: 3rd yr faculty


    1 Presidential Early Career Science and Engineering

    Description: “The Presidential Awards are intended to recognize and nurture some of the finest scientists and engineers who, while early in their research careers, show exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge during the twenty-first century. The Awards will first and foremost support the continued development of the awardees, foster innovative and far-reaching developments in science and technology, increase awareness of careers in science and engineering, give recognition to the scientific missions of participating agencies, enhance connections between fundamental research and national goals, and highlight the importance of science and technology for the nation's future.”
    Eligible areas: Science & technology
    Eligible ranks: Early career

  2. The Programs shown below either have no specific deadline for application or there are multiple times to apply depending on the program.
    Fulbright Scholars

    Description: The Fulbright Scholar program offers a range of international exchange opportunities for faculty. Grants are offered for lecturing and teaching, as well as research.
    Eligible areas: many fields of study
    Eligible ranks: open to all

    Howard Hughes Medical Institution Investigators

    Description: “The Howard Hughes Medical Institution Investigators seeks to fund projects that push the boundaries of knowledge in important areas of biomedical research. Researchers are urged to take risks, explore unproven avenues, and embrace the unknown, even if the results may be unknown or lead to failure.”
    Eligible areas: biomedical, chemistry, neuroscience, bioinformatics, structural biology, immunology, and clinical genetics
    Eligible ranks: scientists leading large research groups

    Lasker Foundation

    Description: “Since 1945, the Awards Program has recognized the contributions of scientists, physicians, and public servants who have made major advances in the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure, and prevention of human disease. Lasker Awards often presage future recognition by the Nobel committee.”
    Eligible areas: medical achievement & public service
    Eligible ranks: scientists, physicians, and public servants

    MacArthur Foundation

    Description: “The MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world.”
    Eligible areas: open to all
    Eligible ranks: individuals showing exceptional creativity

    Andrew Mellon Foundation

    Description: “Within each of its core programs, the Foundation concentrates most of its grant-making in a few areas. Institutions and programs receiving support are often leaders in fields of Foundation activity, but they may also be promising newcomers, or in a position to demonstrate new ways of overcoming obstacles to achieve program goals.”
    Eligible areas: humanities and humanistic social sciences
    Eligible ranks: open to all

    National Endowment for the Humanities

    Description: “NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.”
    Eligible areas: humanities
    Eligible ranks: open to all

    Woodrow Wilson Fellows

    Description: “Six decades ago, the Woodrow Wilson Fellowships—a bold new initiative to meet the nation’s need for college teachers—began at Princeton University. Today, the Foundation has a suite of Fellowships that support the development of future leaders at a variety of career stages in several critical fields.”
    Eligible areas: humanities, foreign affairs, conservation, gender issues, religion and ethics, access and opportunity, and teaching
    Eligible ranks: undergraduate and graduate students preparing for teaching careers