2023 Dreyfus Foundation: Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards

Sponsor Name: 
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.


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 2017. 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.


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.


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).

Limit (Number of applicants permitted per institution): 
Sponsor Final Deadline: 
Feb 01, 2023
OSVPR Application or NOI Instructions: 

Interested applicants should upload the following documents in sequence in one PDF file (File name: Last name_DreyfusTeacher_2023 no later than 4:00 p.m. on the internal submission deadline:

  • Cover Page to include:
    • Name, title, departmental affiliation(s) of the nominee
    • Name of Department Head or institutional representative who will write letter of nomination
    • Names and affiliations of individuals who will provide letters of support (Letters not needed for internal downselect)
  • 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 encouraged)
  • Statement intended to convince the reviewers of the nominee’s dedication to education in the chemical sciences (particularly undergraduates) (limited to two pages)
  • 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
  • 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)
To be considered as a Penn State institutional nominee, please submit a notice of intent by the date provided directly below.
OSVPR Downselect Deadline: 
Wednesday, November 30, 2022 - 4:00pm
For help or questions: 

The Office of Foundation Relations at University Park is the designated contact with The Dreyfus Foundation and is also available to help you navigate the process and respond to questions regarding the Foundation. Questions or clarifications should be directed to Andrew Kuhn, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Foundation Relations (andrew.kuhn@psu.edufor additional support.