Fellowships, Grants and Awards for Faculty & Staff
There are many ways for faculty and staff to be recognized for their innovative teaching
efforts. Below you will find links to various descriptions of and applications for
grants, fellowships, and awards. For answers to inquiries or for help with applying, Contact Us.
Campus Action Projects (CAP)
The American Association of University Women’s Campus Action Projects (CAP) enable student leaders and campus faculty to design and implement effective programs
that enhance campus offerings, promote leadership, and improve academic and career
Charles Koch Foundation
The Charles Koch Foundation awards grants in three categories: Higher Education, Research, and Professional Education.
Their mission is to provide opportunities for individuals and institutions to focus
on how economic freedom impacts society and the choices available to its members.
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation awards grants to institutions that focus on civil society, environment, and pathways
out of poverty, among other areas. Interested applicants are encouraged to review
the website carefully and submit a letter of intent before formally applying.
Ernest A. Lynton Award
Sponsored by the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) and the
Center for Engaged Democracy (CED) at Merrimack College, the annual Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty recognizes a full-time faculty member who is pre-tenure at tenure-granting campuses
or early career (i.e., within the first six years) at campuses with long-term contracts*,
and who connects his or her teaching, research, and service to community engagement.
Jenifer Altman Foundation
The Jenifer Altman Foundation is a private foundation dedicated to the vision of a socially just and ecologically
sustainable future through program interests in environmental health and mind-body
National Faculty Awards for Civic Engagement
For faculty committed to civic and community engagement, there are two major national
awards: the Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award, from Campus Compact, and the Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement, from the New England Resource Center for Higher
Education (NERCHE). Both awards value community collaboration as well as institutional
impact and honor engaged work across the faculty roles of teaching, research, and
service. We encourage nominations for junior faculty (pre-tenure or early career at
institutions with renewable contracts) for the Lynton Award and nominations for senior
faculty (post-tenure or middle-to-late career at institutions without tenure) for
the Ehrlich Award.
The Patrina Foundation promotes educational opportunity and advancement as well as scholarship by and about
women. Grants are primarily made to educational and cultural organizations, but the
Foundation also funds social services agencies for projects that build the skills
and leadership abilities of girls and women.
Robert H. Michel Special Projects Grants
The Dirksen Center supports work to enhance understanding of the US Congress.
U.S. Professors of the Year Awards Program
CASE and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching sponsor the U.S. Professors of the Year Awards Program as it is the only national program that recognizes excellence in undergraduate education.
The U.S. Professors of the Year Awards Program recognizes and highlights outstanding
instructors throughout the country.