External Faculty Fellowships, Residencies and Awards

As an AAU member institution, Iowa State University encourages its faculty in the arts and humanities to seek out awards, fellowships, and memberships, the attainment of which speaks to the academic distinction of the faculty. The following list of prestigious faculty awards, fellowship opportunities, and memberships has been compiled by the AAU and the The Center for Measuring University Performance (University of Arizona). Additional appropriate awards, fellowships, and memberships may be added to this list as they are identified.

American Academy in Rome—Rome Prize

The Rome Prize is awarded to support innovative and cross-disciplinary work in the arts and humanities from the following disciplines: Architecture, Design, Historic Preservation and Conservation, Landscape Architecture, Literature, Musical Composition, Visual Arts, Ancient Studies, Medieval Studies, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies and Modern Italian Studies. Recipients are invited to Rome for 5 months or 11 months to immerse themselves in the academy community where they will expand their professional, artistic, or scholarly pursuits, drawing on their colleagues’ erudition and experience and on the inestimable resources of Italy, Europe, the Mediterranean and the academy. Each Rome Prize winner is provided with a stipend, meals, a bedroom with private bath, and a study or studio. (Those with children under 18 live in partially subsidized apartments nearby.) (The National Endowment for the Humanities supports the Rome Prize competition.)

American Antiquarian Society Fellowships

The American Antiquarian Society offers three broad categories of visiting research fellowships, with tenures ranging from one to 12 months, to enable academic and independent scholars and advanced graduate students to spend an uninterrupted block of time doing research in the AAS library. Categories are: Long-Term Visiting Academic Research Fellowship, Short-Term Visiting Academic Research Fellowships and Fellowships for Creative and Performing Artists and Writers.

American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellowships

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF) provide opportunities to outstanding scientists and engineers to learn first-hand about policymaking while contributing their knowledge and analytical skills to the federal policymaking process. Fellowships are offered in all three branches of federal government. A fourth fellowship - the Roger Revelle Fellowship in Global Stewardship - focuses on environmental initiatives. 

American Council of Learned Societies

The American Council of Learned Societies continues to be the leading private institution supporting scholars in the humanities and related social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels. For the purpose of these competitions , the humanities and related social sciences include, but are not limited to, American studies; anthropology; archaeology; art history and architectural history; classses; economics; ethnic studies; film; gender studies; geography; history; languages and literatures; legal studies; linguistics; musicology; philosophy; political science; psychology; religious studies; rhetoric, communication and media studies; science and technology studies; sociology; and theater, dance, and performance studies.

American School of Classical Studies at Athens Fellowships

The school is a century-old research and training institution for classicists and classical archaeologists in the United States and Canada that provides an advanced graduate program with extensive travel within Greece. It offers up to 12 full pre-doctoral fellowships for the ASCSA Regular academic program, and 7 full fellowships and several partial grants for advanced graduate students to conduct research at the school. Facilities include two major libraries, a scientific laboratory, extensive archives, two excavation study centers at the Athenian Agora and Corinth, and a residence hall in central Athens providing room and board.

Burroughs Wellcome Career Awards for Medical Scientists

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund’s Career Awards for Medical Scientists (CAMS) addresses the on-going problem of increasing the number of physician scientists and keeping them in research. By providing funding to help bridge the gap between the advanced postdoctoral/fellowship training and the early years of faculty service, BWF hopes to bolster the careers of the most promising up and coming scientists. This highly competitive program provides $700,000 awards over five years for physician-scientists who are committed to an academic career. Proposals must be in the area of basic biomedical, disease-oriented, or translational research. Proposals in health services research or involving large-scale clinical trials are ineligible. 

Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts Residency

The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, located in the East Building at the National Gallery of Art, is a research institute that fosters study of the production, use, and cultural meaning of art, artifacts, architecture, and urbanism, from prehistoric times to the present. Founded in 1979, the Center encourages a variety of approaches by historians, critics, and theorists of art, as well as by scholars in related disciplines of the humanities and social sciences. The resident community of scholars consists of the Samuel H. Kress Professor, the A.W. Mellon Lecturer in the Fine Arts, and approximately 20 fellows at any one time, including senior fellows, visiting senior fellows, research associates, postdoctoral curatorial fellows, and pre-doctoral fellows. A senior fellowship award is normally limited to one-half of the applicant’s salary, up to a maximum of $50,000, depending on individual circumstances, plus allowances for photography and for travel to a professional meeting. The A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship award is $50,000 per year, with additional support for relocation to Washington, travel related to research, and photography. The Center also awards up to 12 short-term (up to 60 days) Paul Mellon and Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellowships annually.

Cottrell Scholar Awards

Cottrell Scholar Awards help outstanding scientists and educators become tomorrow’s academic and scientific leaders by reinforcing faculty mentoring, communication, and a heightened appreciation for instruction in university science departments. A key objective of the program is to build a community of outstanding scholar-educators who are dedicated to becoming leaders in both research and teaching. Awards are made to U.S. universities to further the teaching and research of faculty members in a Bachelor’s and PhD Degree-granting department of astronomy, biochemistry, biophysics, chemistry, or physics, but not in a school of medicine or engineering. Applicants must be in the third full calendar year after their first tenure-track appointment. Applications consist of both research and education proposals. All Cottrell Scholar Awards are $100,000 over a period of three years (budgets are not required).

Fulbright Program

The Fulbright program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program provides participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential—with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program sends American scholars and professionals abroad to lecture and/or conduct research for up to a year. The Fulbright Specialists Program sends U.S. faculty and professionals to serve as expert consultants on curriculum, faculty development, institutional planning, and related subjects at overseas academic institutions for a period of 2 to 6 weeks. The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program and Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program bring foreign scholars to lecture and/or conduct post-doctoral research for up to a year at U.S. colleges and universities. The Fulbright New Century Scholars Program supports a select group of U.S. and foreign scholars to conduct international, interdisciplinary, collaborative research on a specific topic of global importance. Levels of support vary widely by commission and region.

Getty Foundation

Getty scholar grant recipients are in residence at the Getty Research Institute. Grants are for established scholars, artists, or writers who have attained distinction in their fields. Applications are welcome from researchers of all nationalities who are working in the arts, humanities or social sciences. Getty Scholars may be in residence for one of six periods ranging from three to nine months, beginning in September and concluding in June of the following year. A stipend of up to $65,000 per year will be awarded based on length of stay, need and salary. The grant also includes an office at the Getty Research Institute or the Getty Villa, research assistance, an apartment in the Getty scholar housing complex, and airfare to and from Los Angeles.

Getty Pre-doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships provide support for emerging scholars to complete work on projects related to the Getty Research Institute’s annual theme. Recipients are in residence at the Getty Research Institute, where they pursue research to complete their dissertations or to expand them for publication. Applications are welcome from scholars of all nationalities. Pre-doctoral fellowship applicants must have advanced to candidacy by the time of the fellowship start date and should expect to complete their dissertations during the fellowship period. Pre-doctoral fellows who receive their doctorate while in residence automatically become postdoctoral fellows. Pre-doctoral Fellows are in residence from September to June and receive a stipend of $25,000. Postdoctoral Fellows are in residence from September to June and receive a stipend of $30,000. Both fellowships also provide a workspace at the Getty Research Institute or the Getty Villa, an apartment in the Getty scholar housing complex, and airfare to and from Los Angeles.

Getty Scholar Grants and Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis. Applications are evaluated by the Getty Research Institute based on: 1) overall quality of the application; 2) how the proposed project bears upon the annual theme; 3) the applicant’s past achievements; and 4) how the project would benefit from the resources at the Getty.

Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship

Often characterized as “midcareer” awards, Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. Fellowships are awarded through two annual competitions: one open to citizens and permanent residents of the United States and Canada, and the other open to citizens and permanent residents of Latin America and the Caribbean. Approximately 200 Fellowships are awarded each year out of 3,500 and 4,000 applications. Successful candidates in the United States and Canada competition are announced in early April; those in the Latin America and Caribbean competition, in early June. The amount of grants vary and will be adjusted to the needs of Fellows, considering their other resources and the purpose and scope of their plans. Members of the teaching profession receiving sabbatical leave on full or part salary are eligible for appointment, as are those holding other fellowships and appointments at research centers.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators

There are about 330 Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators who push the bounds of knowledge in many important areas in biomedical research. They currently include 24 Nobel laureates and 182 members of the National Academy of Sciences. During periodic, open competitions, the Institute solicits applications from researchers at universities, medical schools, and other research institutions across the U.S., with the aim of identifying individuals who have the potential to make significant contributions to science. Once selected, they continue to be based at their institutions, typically leading a research group of 10-25 students, postdoctoral associates, and technicians. Appointment is for a five-year term, which may be renewed after an exacting review process. By appointing scientists as Hughes investigators, rather than awarding them grants for specific research projects, the investigators are provided with long-term, flexible funding that give them the freedom to explore and, if necessary, to change direction in their research. Moreover, they have support to follow their ideas through to fruition, even if that process takes a very long time.

Institute for Advance Study Residency

The Institute for Advance Study is one of the world’s leading centers for theoretical research and intellectual inquiry. It exists to encourage and support fundamental research in the sciences and humanities. Each year, the institute selects approximately 200 members from an average of more than 1,500 applicants for its four schools—Historical Studies, Mathematics, Natural Science, and Social Science-and three special programs—Program for Women and Mathematics, Park City Mathematics Institute, and Prospects in Theoretical Physics. Members come to the institute for periods as short as one term or as long as several years. Young scholars and applicants form non-traditional backgrounds who have outstanding promise are considered, as are senior scholars whose reputations are already well established. The major consideration in the appointment process is the expectation that each member’s period of residence will result in work of significance and originality. Stipends and other support vary; e.g., School of Historical Studies: For the academic year 2011-2012 financial support for most successful candidates was available up to a maximum of $65,000 for two terms (six months), or a maximum of $32,500 for one term (three months). A few senior scholars will be offered additional funding to help make up for losses in salary. Stipends may be supplemented by other grants, including sabbatical salaries, but if the total exceeds the regular salary for the year in which the application is made, the stipend will be reduced accordingly.

Mellon Foundation Distinguished Achievement Awards

The Mellon Foundation Distinguished Achievement Awards program was launched in 2001 with three principal objectives: to enable notable scholars in the humanities to pursue their work under especially favorable conditions, to enrich teaching and learning in the humanities at their institutions, and to underscore the decisive contributions to the nation’s intellectual life made by humanistic scholarship. The awards, which amount to as much as $1.5 million each, honor scholars who have made significant contributions to humanistic inquiry. Recipients are chosen from fields such as classics, history, history of art, including the study of foreign literatures, and must hold tenured appointments at institutions of higher education in the U.S. The awards, which are for three-year terms, provide the recipients and their institutions with enlarged opportunities to deepen and extend humanistic research and teaching. Funds are granted to, and overseen by, the institutions with which the recipients are affiliated. The funds underwrite salaries, scholarly projects, research assistance and expenses, and support for visiting colleagues. Recipients are chosen by a panel of distinguished scholars through an intensive process of nomination and review, and awards may not be held concurrently with other similar awards.

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships

NEH Fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both, for a period of 6 to 12 months. (The Fellowships program welcomes projects that respond to NEH’s new Bridging Cultures initiative.) Fellowships cover periods lasting from 6 to 12 months at a stipend of $4,200 per month in outright funds ($50,400 maximum for 12 months). The award period must be continuous, and award recipients must work full time on their projects. (NEH permits part-time awards only in exceptional circumstances, which might include unusual institutional administrative duties that cannot be relinquished or hardships unforeseen at the application deadline.) Cost sharing is allowed under certain conditions. Applications are accepted from researchers, teachers, and writers, whether or not they have an institutional affiliation. Applicants need not have advanced degrees; however, individuals currently enrolled in a degree-granting program are eligible to apply, as are foreign nationals who have been living in the U.S. or its jurisdictions for at least the 3 years prior to the application deadline.

National Humanities Center Residential Fellowships

The National Humanities Center offers 40 residential fellowships for advanced study in the humanities during the academic year, September through May. Located in the Research Triangle Park of North Carolina, near Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh, the Center provides an environment for individual research and the exchange of ideas. Applicants must hold doctorate or equivalent scholarly credentials. Young scholars as well as senior scholars are encouraged to apply, but they must have a record of publication. The Center also accepts individuals from the natural and social science, the arts, the professions, and public life who are engaged in humanistic projects. While most of the fellowships are unrestricted, some are designated for particular areas of research, including one fellowship for a young woman in philosophy, and fellowships for environmental studies, English literature, art history, Asian Studies, and theology. Stipends are individually determined, according to the needs of the Fellow and the Center’s ability to meet them, and the Center seeks to provide at least half salary plus travel expenses to and from North Carolina for Fellows and dependents.

NSF Career Awards

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization. Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of integrated contributions to research and education. 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. The CAREER budget request should reflect the scope of the research and education plans, and the practices within the discipline. The minimum CAREER award size is $400,000, including indirect cost or overhead, for a 5-year period except in the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO), which is a minimum of $500,000. There is no maximum award size.

NSF Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)

Each year NSF selects nominees for the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from among the most meritorious new CAREER awardees. Selection for this award is based on two criteria: 1) innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology that is relevant to the mission of the sponsoring organization or agency, and 2) community service demonstrated through scientific leadership, education or community outreach. These awards foster innovative developments in science and technology, increase awareness of careers in science and engineering, give recognition to the scientific missions of the participating agencies, enhance connections between fundamental research and national goals, and highlight the importance of science and technology for the nation’s future. Individuals cannot apply for PECASE as these awards are initiated by the participating federal agencies. Up to 20 nominees for this award are selected each year form among the PECASE-eligible CAREER awardees who are most likely to become the leaders of academic research and education in the 21st century. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy makes the final selection and announcement of the awardees. (PECASE awards are honorary and carry no additional funding beyond the CAREER award funding.)

Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences

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. The program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in their first few years of their appointment at the assistant professor level. The current grant level is $240,000; $60,000 per year for a four-year period.

Searle Scholarships

The Searle Scholars Program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding individuals who have recently begun their first appointment at the assistant professor level, and whose appointment is a tenure-track position. Today, 158 institutions are invited to participate in the Program. The Program was established at the Chicago Community Trust in 1980 and has been administered by Kinships Foundation since 1996. The Program is funded from the estates of Mr. and Mrs. John G. Searle. Mr. Searle was the grandson of the founder of the world-wide pharmaceutical company, G.D. Searle & Company, and it was his wish that certain funds be used to support “research in medicine, chemistry, and the biological science.” Each year 15 new individuals are named Searle Scholars. Awards are currently set at $100,000 per year for three years. Since it inception, 542 Scholars have been named and over $115 million has been awarded.

Sloan Research Fellowships

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. Candidates for Sloan Research Fellowships are required to: hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, economics, neuroscience or computational and evolutionary molecular biology, or in a related interdisciplinary field; be members of the regular faculty (i.e., tenure track) of a college or university in the United States or Canada; and be no more than six years from completion of the most recent Ph.D. or equivalent, unless they have held a faculty appointment for less than two years or unless one of the following special circumstances apply: military service, a change of field, or child rearing. The size of the award is $55,000 for the two-year period, and funds are awarded directly to the Fellow’s institutions to be used by the Fellow for activities directly related to the Fellow’s research. Funds may not be used to augment an existing full-time salary or for indirect or overhead charges by the Fellow’s institution.