(CLOSED) Macy Faculty Scholars Program - 2023

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

Institutional Limit: This opportunity is limited to the College of Medicine & the College of Nursing. Penn State is limited to one applicant from the College of Medicine and one from the College of Nursing.

The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation has invited applications for the 2023 Macy Faculty Scholars Program.

The Macy Faculty Scholars Program, now in its second decade, aims to identify and nurture promising early career educators in medicine and nursing. The Program will help develop the next generation of national leaders in medical and nursing education by identifying outstanding educators, physicians, nurses, and role models—individuals who represent the breadth of diversity seen in learners, patient populations, and health care settings around the country. By providing the Scholars with resources—especially protected time, mentorship, and a professional network of colleagues—the Program aims to accelerate Scholars’ careers, to turn their teaching practice into scholarship, and to help them become impactful leaders locally, nationally, and beyond.

This is a career development award.

While the first decade of the Program saw the selection of many mid-career Scholars, the foundation is now shifting its focus to more junior faculty who have shown great promise as educators, clinicians, and role models and who are committed to careers in health professions education. The Foundation envisions that the Macy Faculty Scholars will become the drivers for change in health professions education, toward the goal of creating an educational system that better meets the health and public health needs of the diverse individuals and communities served throughout the country. In their proposed educational project, the Macy Faculty Scholars might explore many possible innovations in health professions education. The Foundation has particular interest in innovative projects that involve the learning environments where clinical care is delivered. Within these clinical learning environments, the Foundation is interested in projects that:

  • Advance equity, diversity, and belonging.
  • Enhance collaboration among health professionals, educators, and learners.
  • Prepare future health professionals to navigate and address ethical dilemmas that arise when the principles of the health professions are in conflict with barriers imposed by the health delivery system.

It is required that projects address one or more of the Foundation’s above priority areas.

Chosen Scholars will receive salary support of up to $100,000 per year for two years with an additional $25,000 per year for project support and professional development activities. In addition, Scholars will receive funding to participate in a Harvard Macy Institute course, for travel to the Macy Faculty Scholars Annual Meeting, and for other program related travel.


All eligible candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a doctorally-prepared faculty member in a United States accredited nursing school, allopathic medical school, or osteopathic medical school;
  • Candidates should have approximately three to eight years of full-time faculty experience at the time of application;
  • Be nominated by the dean of the nursing or medical school. There can be only one nominee per nursing or medical school;
  • Have a faculty mentor who will advise the candidate on the candidate’s educational 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. Evidence of scholarship in education, particularly peer-reviewed publications.
  5. Merit of the proposed project and the likelihood that it will influence national trends in health professions education and—ultimately—improve the health of the public.
  6. Evidence of strong institutional support.
  7. Shows potential to become a national leader in health professions education.
Sponsor Final Deadline: 
Aug 01, 2022
OSVPR Application or NOI Instructions: 

Interested applicants should upload the following documents in sequence in one PDF file (File name: Last name_Macy_2023 no later than 4:00 p.m. on the internal submission deadline:

1Cover Letter (1 page, pdf):

  • Descriptive title of proposed activity
  • Candidate name, departmental affiliations(s) and contact information
  • Mentor(s) names and departmental affiliation(s)
  • Number and title of this funding opportunity

2Project Description (no more than two pages, pdf)

  • Statements by the candidate of career objectives and personal goals for this program.
  • Description by the candidate of the educational project to be undertaken.

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 candidate and mentor

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)

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:
OSVPR Downselect Deadline: 
Wednesday, May 4, 2022 - 4:00pm
For help or questions: 

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, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, (jkiely1@pennstatehealth.psu.edu) for additional support. College of Nursing applicants should please contact Katherine Totino, Associate Director, Foundation Relations (kxf188@psu.edu) for additional support.

No Applicants, Now first come, first served - Contact LimitedSubs@psu.edu if you wish to apply