National Faculty Awards

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."
Focus areas: Sciences, mathematics, economics, computer science
Eligible ranks: Mid-career
Website:  http://www.sloan.org/fellowships

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."
Focus areas: Humanities & humanities related social sciences
Eligible ranks: All ranks
Website: http://www.acls.org/programs/comps

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."
Focus areas: humanities and humanistic social sciences
Eligible ranks: open to all
Website: http://www.mellon.org/grant_programs/programs/higher-education-and-scholarship

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 advancement but currently undervalued and underfunded. There are three programs funded:

  1. Scientific Interface
    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."
    Focus areas: Biomedical, infectious disease, population, reproductive, science ed
    Eligible ranks: Post-Doc
    Website: http://www.bwfund.org/pages/52/Grant-Programs

  2. Medical Scientists
    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."
    Focus areas: Medical scientists
    Eligible ranks: Post-Doc
    Website: http://www.bwfund.org/pages/52/Grant-Programs


  3. Pathogenesis
    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."
    Focus areas: Infectious disease
    Eligible ranks: assistant professors
    Website: http://www.bwfund.org/pages/52/Grant-Programs

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."
Focus areas: Astronomy, biochemistry, biophysics, chemistry, or physics (not engineering)
Eligible ranks: tenure-track faculty in their first tenure track appointment
Website: http://www.rescorp.org/grants-and-awards/cottrell-scholar-awards

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.
Focus areas: many fields of study
Eligible ranks: open to all
Website:  http://www.cies.org/us_scholars/

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.
Focus areas: Arts, humanities, & social science
Eligible ranks: Established scholars, artists, and writers
Website: http://www.getty.edu/foundation/funding/residential

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."
Focus areas: Artists, scientists, & scholars
Eligible ranks: Mid-career
Website: http://www.gf.org/about-the-foundation/the-fellowship

Howard Hughes Medical Institution Investigators

Description: "HHMI urges its researchers to take risks, explore unproven avenues, and embrace the unknown—even if it means uncertainty or the chance of failure. They identify and pursue significant biological questions in a rigorous and deep manner. They develop new tools and methods that enable creative experimental approaches to biological questions, when necessary bringing to bear concepts or techniques from other disciplines. They forge links between basic biology and medicine, opening new pathways for disease diagnosis and drug discovery."
Focus areas: biomedical, chemistry, neuroscience, bioinformatics, structural biology, immunology, and clinical genetics
Eligible ranks: scientists leading large research groups
Website: http://www.hhmi.org/research/investigators/

Lasker Foundation

Description: "The Lasker Awards are among the most respected science prizes in the world. 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, so they have become popularly known as 'America's Nobels.'"
Focus areas: medical achievement & public service
Eligible ranks: scientists, physicians, and public servants
Website: http://www.laskerfoundation.org/awards

MacArthur Foundation

Description: "The MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world."
Focus areas: open to all
Eligible ranks: individuals showing exceptional creativity
Website: http://www.macfound.org/

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."
Focus areas: humanities
Eligible ranks: open to all
Website: http://www.neh.gov/manage/IndividualAwards.html

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."
Focus areas: Humanities & humanistic projects in other fields
Eligible ranks: Open to all
Website: http://www.nationalhumanitiescenter.org/fellowships

National Institutes for Health - 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."
Focus areas: Science & technology
Eligible ranks: Early career
Website: http://www.grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/pecase.htm

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."
Focus areas: Contributions to US economic, environmental, and social well-being
Eligible ranks: Career award
Website: http://www.uspto.gov/about/nmti

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."
Focus areas: Many supported (for details, see FAQs on website)
Eligible ranks: Assistant (see FAQs on website)
Website: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503214

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."
Focus areas: All sciences
Eligible ranks: Career award
Website: http://www.nsf.gov/awards/presidential.jsp

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."
Focus areas: Humanities & sciences
Eligible ranks: Post-Doc
Website: http://www.newberry.org/research/felshp/fellowshome.html

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."
Focus areas: Biomedicine
Eligible ranks: Early career
Website: http://directory.pewscholars.org/

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."
Focus areas: Health policy
Eligible ranks: Mid-career
Website: http://www.healthpolicyfellows.org/home.php

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."
Focus areas: Biomedical sciences & chemistry
Eligible ranks: Assistant (from participating institutions, K-State not a participant)
Website: http://www.searlescholars.net

Woodrow Wilson Fellows

Description: "The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation identifies and develops leaders and institutions to meet the nation's critical challenges." The Foundation has a suite of Fellowships that support the development of future leaders at a variety of career stages in several critical fields.
Focus 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
Website: http://woodrow.org/fellowships/