(CLOSED) 2021 Macy Faculty Scholars Program

Sponsor Name: 
Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation
Description of the Award: 

The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation has invited applications for the 2021 Macy Faculty Scholars Program.

The Macy Faculty Scholars Program is designed to identify and nurture the careers of promising educational innovators and future leaders in medicine and nursing. With support from the Macy Foundation, Scholars will implement new educational innovations at their home institutions and participate in career development activities.

Chosen Scholars will receive salary support of up to $100,000 per year for two years.


All eligible candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a doctorally-prepared faculty member in good standing at the sponsoring school
  • Have served for five or more years as a full-time faculty member, ideally at the sponsoring school
  • Be nominated by the dean of their medical or nursing school. There can be only one nominee per nursing or medical school, and a nursing or medical school with a first-year Macy Faculty Scholar is precluded from nominating a candidate during this year.
  • Have an identified senior faculty mentor who will provide advice on the candidate's project and career development
  • Have an educational innovation project with the appropriate institutional support
  • Have institutional commitment for the protection of at least 50% of the candidate’s time
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or its territories

The following factors will be considered in the selection process:

  1. Evidence of a strong commitment to a career as an educator in the health professions.
  2. Early promise as an educator and institutional leader.
  3. Evidence of innovation and creativity in career to date.
  4. Scholarship in education, particularly peer-reviewed publications.
  5. Merit of the educational innovation proposed and the likelihood that it will influence national trends in health professions education.
  6. Evidence of strong institutional support.
  7. Likelihood that the candidate will become a national leader in health professions education.
  8. Evidence that the candidate’s institution supports the careers of educators and is a fertile environment for educational innovation.
Limit (Number of applicants permitted per institution): 
Sponsor Final Deadline: 
Feb 10, 2021
OVPR Application or NOI Instructions: 

Interested applicants should upload the following documents in sequence in one PDF file (File name: Last name_Macy_2021 no later than 4:00 p.m. on the internal submission deadline:

1Cover Letter (1 page, pdf):

  • Descriptive title of proposed activity
  • PI name, departmental affiliations(s) and contact information
  • Co-PI's names and departmental affiliation(s)
  • Mentor(s) names and departmental affiliation(s)
  • Names of other key personnel
  • Participating institution(s)
  • Number and title of this funding opportunity

2Project Description (no more than two pages, pdf) identifying the project scope that addresses the key aspects and elements of the sponsor's solicitation, principal investigators, collaborators, and partner organizations.

3Statement of support from department chair or center director - Must include department commitment that candidate will have at least 50 percent protected time to pursue a mentored educational project.

4. 2-page CV's of PI [and Co-PI]

Formatting Guidelines:

Font/size: Times New Roman (12 pt.)
Document margins: 1.0” (top, bottom, left and right)
Standard paper size (8 ½” x 11)

The Office of Foundation Relations is available to consult on proposal narrative elements and answer other foundation-related questions. Penn State College of Medicine applicants should please contact Jess Kiely, Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, (jkiely1@pennstatehealth.psu.edu) for additional support. College of Nursing applicants should please contact Holly Lowe, Assistant Director, Foundation Relations (hal5220@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.
This limited submission is in downselect: 
Penn State may only submit a specific number of proposals to this funding opportunity. The number of NOIs received require that an internal competition take place, thus, a downselect process has commenced. No Penn State researchers may apply to this opportunity outside of this downselect process. To apply for this limited submission, please use this link:
OVPR Downselect Deadline: 
Wednesday, December 15, 2021 - 4:00pm
Katharine Dalke (Medicine)