University Faculty Scholars Program

Office of the Provost and Office of the Executive Vice President for Research & Partnerships
FY 2022-2023

Program Description

The Office of the Provost will continue the University Faculty Scholars Program for FY 22-23.  Under this program, a total of 120 University Faculty Scholars is authorized. Fifteen of these awards will be jointly funded by the Provost and the Showalter Foundation through the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships.  These fifteen awards will specifically support University Faculty Scholars in the life sciences and will be named Showalter Faculty Scholars. The other 105 University Faculty Scholar awards will support faculty across all disciplines. The distribution of University Faculty Scholars to the academic colleges and the Libraries is based on the total budgeted count of tenure/tenure track faculty lines (filled and unfilled) in each unit. This distribution will be recalculated every five years and notice of any changes will be provided to the colleges one year in advance of their implementation.

The 120 University Faculty Scholar Awards will be available as follows:

  1. 85 awards will be fully funded by the Provost. These awards will support University Faculty Scholars from all disciplines 
  2. 15 awards will be funded jointly by the Showalter Foundation and the Provost. These awards will support University Faculty Scholars in the life sciences and will be named Showalter Faculty Scholars.
  3. 20 additional University Faculty Scholar awards are authorized to colleges, with the colleges themselves providing full funding for each.  We do not anticipate that these awards will be converted to central funding in the future, thus the colleges will continue to be responsible for full funding.

The University Faculty Scholars Program is intended to recognize outstanding mid-career faculty who are on an accelerated path for academic distinction.  Eligibility includes faculty who hold the rank of tenured associate or full professor who have been in rank for no more than five years and new hires at this academic level if appointed with tenure. Faculty who hold a distinguished or named professorship cannot simultaneously hold a University Faculty Scholar or Showalter Faculty Scholar designation.  The relevant university documents are found below:

Financial Resources

All University Faculty Scholars will be awarded for five years with an annual allocation of $10,000.

If a University Faculty Scholar leaves Purdue prior to the completion of the award period, any uncommitted balance in the centrally funded award account must be returned to the Provost. Units are be responsible for notifying the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs of these events.

Review and Approval Process

Nominations for Faculty Scholars are requested by March 1 with appointments beginning July 1. Candidates from the life sciences that meet the Showalter criteria1 will be considered for nomination as a Showalter Faculty Scholar.  If candidates are not selected to be forwarded to the Showalter Selection Committee for approval as Showalter Faculty Scholars, they will be considered for appointment as a University Faculty Scholar.  If they are selected as a Showalter Faculty Scholar and approved by the Showalter Selection Committee at its annual May meeting, nominees will be appointed as Showalter Faculty Scholars on July 1.  Nominations for University Faculty Scholars may be submitted at other times to accommodate specific situations; in these cases alternative start dates for the appointments can be requested.

Please forward a summary of the nominees’ accomplishments and requests for approval to the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Office of the Provost at the following email address: .  The email  Subject line should read “Faculty Scholar.”


A program assessment report will be prepared annually to determine the impact of these awards on the retention of faculty during and following the five year award period.

1 Faculty will be considered for Showalter funding if their expertise is in one of the following areas of interest:

  • the environment, including air and water quality
  • biochemistry and molecular biology
  • disease prevention, diagnosis, progression, treatment and control
  • new technologies for food production, preservation, distribution and safety
  • medical and biophysical instrumentation including the analysis of large datasets.

Issued August 2022


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