2021 Dreyfus Foundation: Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards

Sponsor Name: 
The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation
Description of the Award: 

The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers. Criteria for selection include an independent body of scholarship attained in the early years of their appointment (see below), and a demonstrated commitment to education, signaling the promise of continuing outstanding contributions to both research and teaching. The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program provides an unrestricted research grant of $100,000.

Eligibility

The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program is open to academic institutions in the States, Districts, and Territories of the United States of America that grant a bachelor’s or higher degree in the chemical sciences, including biochemistry, materials chemistry, and chemical engineering. Nominees must hold a full-time tenure-track academic appointment, and are normally expected to have been appointed no earlier than mid-year 2015. Awardees are from Ph.D. granting departments in which scholarly research is a principal activity. Undergraduate education is an important component. Institutions may submit only one Camille Dreyfus nomination annually. Renominations are accepted.

Selection

The Foundation seeks Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars who demonstrate leadership in research and education. Nominations must provide compelling evidence of the advance of important knowledge in the chemical sciences by the nominee. Further, the nomination should describe dedication and contributions to education in the chemical sciences, particularly with respect to undergraduates.

The nominee’s scholarly research achievements are assessed by a panel of distinguished faculty in the chemical sciences. The letters of recommendation should address the nominee’s research accomplishments as an independent faculty member. Other considered factors are: awards and honors, publication of research achievements in leading journals, and success in attracting research funding.

Budget

The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award provides a $100,000 unrestricted research grant. Of the total amount, $7,500 is for departmental expenses associated with research and education. Charges associated with indirect costs or institutional overhead are not allowed. Defrayal of academic-year salary is not permitted. Funds are normally expended over a period of five years. Foundation approval is not required for budgetary changes after an award is made. If the awardee leaves the institution, the transfer of the remaining funds requires prior Foundation approval.

See the Dreyfus Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions (link above).

Sponsor Final Deadline: 
Feb 04, 2021
OVPR Application or NOI Instructions: 

Interested applicants should send the following documents in sequence in one PDF file (File name: Last name_DreyfusTeacher_2021 no later than 4:00 p.m. on the internal submission deadline:

  1. A letter of nomination from a department head highlighting the nominee’s achievements, and the basis for selection (limited to two pages)
  2. A summary description of the nominee’s research accomplishments as an independent faculty member, and a description of research plans (limited to five pages, including references, with use of at least one graphic being encouraged)
  3. A statement intended to convince the reviewers of the nominee’s dedication to education in the chemical sciences (limited to two pages)
  4. A CV (limited to four pages) including a list of publications in which independent contributions and undergraduate coauthors are clearly identified. Research support should be indicated
  5. A budget (limited to one page) describing how award funds are anticipated to be used

Should you be Penn State's nominee, you will be required to send three letters of support directly to The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation from individuals who know and address your accomplishments as an independent faculty member. None of these letters may be from the nominating institution. No more than one letter may be from a former mentor. (These letters are NOT required for the Penn State downselect competition.)

Formatting Guidelines:

  • Font/size: Times New Roman (12 pt.)
  • no more than three pages
  • Standard paper size (8 ½” x 11)

The Office of Foundation Relations at University Park is available to consult on proposal narrative elements and answer other foundation-related questions. Applicants should please contact Alan Gibson, Assistant Director, Foundation Relations (ajg6181@psu.edu) for additional support.

To be considered as a Penn State institutional nominee, please submit a notice of intent by the date provided directly below.
OVPR Downselect Deadline: 
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - 4:00pm