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Highly Prestigious Awards

The Office of the Provost has compiled a list of some of the most prestigious national and international awards for which our faculty can apply and/or be nominated.

Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers is for research projects conducted within Germany only. An academic host institution is required. In providing Humboldt Research Fellowships for experienced researchers, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables highly-qualified scientists and scholars from abroad, who completed their doctorates less than twelve years ago to spend extended periods of research (6-18 months; may be divided up into a maximum of three blocks) in Germany.

The Humboldt Research Award is granted in recognition of a researcher's entire achievements to date to academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future.

Applications: Accepted on an ongoing basis; selection committee meets two to three times per year.

Timeline: The complete application should be submitted to the Humboldt Foundation at least four to seven months ahead of the prospective selection date. The selection committee meets every year in March, July and November. If an application has been approved, a fellow arriving from abroad may start the fellowship two months after the selection meeting at the earliest.


The Academy membership encompasses over 4,600 Fellows and 600 Foreign Honorary Members and reflects the full range of disciplines and professions: mathematics, the physical and biological sciences, medicine, the social sciences and humanities, business, government, public affairs, and the arts. Among the Academy's Fellows are more than 250 Nobel laureates and 60 Pulitzer Prize winners.

Nominations: Nomination materials are only accessible to members of the AAAS.

Timeline: Nominations are due around the end of June.

A member whose efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished and who has been a continuous member for the four year period leading up to the year of nomination, may, by virtue of such meritorious contribution be elected a Fellow by the Council.

Nominations: Fellow nominations may be made by:

  1. The Steering Groups of the Association's 24 sections
  2. Any three previously elected Fellows who are current AAAS members, so long as two of the three sponsors are not affiliated with the nominee's institution
  3. The Chief Executive Officer

Timeline: Steering Group Review – Spring; Council Voting – Fall; Announcements – Late Fall immediately following the vote.

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. ACLS does not fund creative work (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects. The ACLS Fellowships are intended as salary replacement to help scholars devote six to twelve continuous months to full-time research and writing. ACLS Fellowships are portable and are tenable at the fellow's home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for research.

Applications: Online submission including two reference letters.

Timeline: September deadline; notifications in February.

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. ACLS does not fund creative work (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects. The ACLS Fellowships are intended as salary replacement to help scholars devote six to twelve continuous months to full-time research and writing. ACLS Fellowships are portable and are tenable at the fellow's home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for research.

Applications: Online submission including two reference letters.

Timeline: September deadline; notifications in February.

The AERA Fellows Program honors education researchers for their exceptional contributions to, and excellence in, education research. The program is intended to be inclusive of the scholarship that constitutes and enriches education research as an interdisciplinary field.

Nominations: By current AERA Fellows only.

Timeline: Nomination forms are available on September 1st and due on November 10th .

The Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program is intended to provide research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of academic careers in the chemical and life sciences particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science.

Applications: First step is Letter of Intent describing project and rationale; candidates invited to apply are then notified and given further information.

Timeline: Letter of intent submission due in September; candidates invited to apply in December; award announcements in July

The core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program provides approximately 800 teaching and/or research grants to U.S. faculty and experienced professionals in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Grants are available in over 125 countries worldwide.

Application: Various awards available and the application process is different for each.

Timeline: For the core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, August 1st is the typical application deadline.

The Foundation offers Fellowships to further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions and irrespective of race, color, or creed.

Applications: The Foundation receives between 3,500 and 4,000 applications each year. Although no one who applies is guaranteed success in the competition, there is no prescreening: all applications are reviewed. Approximately 200 Fellowships are awarded each year.

Timeline: TBA

The Jefferson Science Fellowship is open to tenured, or similarly ranked, faculty from U.S. institutions of higher learning who are U.S. citizens. Selected Jefferson Science Fellows spend one year on assignment at the U.S. Department of State or USAID as science advisors on foreign policy issues. Assignments are tailored to the needs of the hosting office, while taking into account the Fellows’ interests and areas of expertise.

Applications: Click the 'How to Apply' button to view eligibility criteria, terms of the fellowship and instructions for applying.

Timeline:The application period opens in early August and closes in early November. The fellowship begins in August.

Election to National Academy of Engineering membership is one of the highest professional honors accorded an engineer. Members have distinguished themselves in business and academic management, in technical positions, as university faculty, and as leaders in government and private engineering organizations.

Nominations: Members are elected to NAE membership by their peers (current NAE members).

Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have created or facilitated outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society. The National Academy of Inventors currently has 912 Fellows worldwide representing more than 250 prestigious universities and governmental and nonprofit research institutes. Collectively, the Fellows hold more than 32,000 issued U.S. patents, which have generated 9,400 licensed technologies and companies, and created more than 1.3 million jobs.

Nominations: Self-nominations are not permitted; nominations are submitted by current NAI Fellows and are typically due on October 1 each year.

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM), established in 1970 under the name Institute of Medicine (IOM), is an independent organization of eminent professionals from diverse fields including health and medicine; the natural, social, and behavioral sciences; and beyondThrough its domestic and global initiatives, the NAM works to address critical issues in health, medicine, and related policy and inspire positive action across sectors.

Nominations: The election of individuals to the National Academy of Medicine begins with a confidential nomination by two NAM members who are well acquainted with the candidate’s work. In sponsoring the nomination, the NAM member affirms his or her personal assessment that the candidate meets the NAM’s primary criterion of excellence and outstanding professional achievement in a field relevant to the mission of the NAM. Each year, up to 70 regular members and 10 international members are elected to the NAM by the regular membership body at large.

Timeline: The annual nomination cycle begins on November 1 and closes on February 1. The election takes place in late summer with new members announced in conjunction with the NAM Annual Meeting in October.

Members are elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Membership is a widely accepted mark of excellence in science and is considered one of the highest honors that a scientist can receive.

Nominations: Because membership is achieved by election, there is no membership application process. Although many names are suggested informally, only Academy members may submit formal nominations. Consideration of a candidate begins with his or her nomination, followed by an extensive and careful vetting process that results in a final ballot at the Academy's annual meeting in April each year. Currently, a maximum of 84 members may be elected annually. Members must be U.S. citizens; non-citizens are elected as foreign associates, with a maximum of 21 elected annually.

Fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources in the humanities. Projects may be at any stage of development.

Applications: Online submission process via grants.gov

Timeline: Online applications accepted through end of April for projects beginning as early as January 1. Applicants will be notified of the decision by e-mail in early December.

The Center annually welcomes up to forty scholars from all fields of the humanities. Individually, the Fellows pursue their own research and writing. Together, they create a stimulating intellectual community.

Applications: Applicants will be asked to complete an online application form and to upload the following documents: 1,000-word project proposal, short bibliography, curriculum vitae, and a one-page tentative outline of the structure of the project.

Timeline: Online application system is open at beginning of July; application deadline including the reference letters is mid-October.

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. The purpose of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation is to recognize those who have made lasting contributions to America's competitiveness, standard of living, and quality of life through technological innovation, and to recognize those who have made substantial contributions to strengthening the nation's technological workforce.

Nominations: Anyone can nominate for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation by submitting the nomination form and six letters of support at www.uspto.gov/nmti.

Timeline: Deadline for nominations is approximately the beginning of June.

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.

Applications: Only Assistant Professors without tenure are eligible to apply. Press the 'Applicant FAQ' button for frequently asked questions.

Timeline: July submission deadline for applications.

The Nobel Prize is an international award administered by the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden, and based on the fortune of Alfred Nobel, Swedish inventor and entrepreneur. Each Prize consists of a medal, a personal diploma, and a cash award.

Nominations: “Qualified Nominators” submit proposals for awardees.

Timeline: Nominations submitted by February; award ceremony in December.

The Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering provides the nation’s most promising early-career scientists and engineers with flexible funding and the freedom to take risks and explore new frontiers in their fields of study.

Nomination: Up to two nominations may be made by the president of each institution. Candidates must be faculty members in the first three years of their faculty careers.

Timeline: Nominations are requested in January of each year from the presidents of 50 universities selected by the Advisory Panel. Nominations due in March.

Each year NSF selects nominees for the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from among the most meritorious recent CAREER awardees. [see above for information on the prerequisite CAREER awards].

Selection for this award is based on two important criteria:

  • Innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology that is relevant to the mission of NSF
  • Community service demonstrated through scientific leadership, education or community outreach

Applications: Individuals cannot apply for PECASE. These awards are initiated by the participating federal agencies. At NSF, up to twenty nominees for this award are selected each year from among the PECASE-eligible CAREER awardees who are most likely to become the leaders of academic research and education in the twenty-first century.

The Sackler Prizes are intended to promote originality and excellence of research in the field of Biophysics, Chemistry and Physics. They are administered by Tel Aviv University through an advisory committee comprised of the President and Rector of TAU as ex-officio members and others selected ad personam by the President and the Rector.

Nomination: Only selected or invited members may submit formal nominations of candidates.  The Sackler Prizes are awarded on a rotating schedule, with each one given out every two or three years.  Nominations are typically due in November. 

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 126 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.

Nominations: Candidates may nominate themselves. All nomination materials for the Sloan Research Fellowships must be uploaded electronically through Interfolio.com

Timeline: Nominations open in summer and are to be submitted by mid-September.

The World Food Prize has come to be known as the "Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture" and aims to recognize and inspire breakthrough achievements in feeding the world. This $250,000 prize is awarded to individuals who have improved the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.

Nominations: Any academic institution, private or public organization, or governmental unit may submit a nomination for the World Food Prize.

Timeline: Nomination deadline approximately beginning of May.

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