(CLOSED) Macy Faculty Scholars Program - 2024

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

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 2024 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.

In 2010, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation launched the Macy Faculty Scholars Program to develop and nurture the careers of future leaders in medical and nursing education. While the first decade of the program saw the selection of many mid-career Scholars, the Foundation has now shifted 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 program aims to provide Scholars with protected time, mentoring, curricular activities, and a national network of colleagues with the goal of accelerating the Scholars’ careers. With an emphasis on mentorship and cultivating a professional network, the program will provide a national cohort of educational mentors, fellow scholars, and leaders to further enhance each new Scholar’s experience and development. We envision 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, applicants to the program 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.

Macy Faculty Scholars Informational Webinar: The Macy Foundation will hold an informational webinar on May 31, 2023, You can register here. You can also watch a recording of the June 1, 2022, webinar with president Holly J. Humphrey, which includes an overview of the program as well as a live Q&A: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQOLzf1CynY.

This is a career development award; the excellence and potential of the applicant are just as important as the project. Macy is interested in candidates for whom the program will have the maximum impact at this point in their career and who also have the greatest possibility for future impact on learners and innovation in health professions education at their home institutions and beyond.

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.


The eligible candidate must:

  1. Be a doctorally prepared faculty member in good standing at the sponsoring school.
  2. Have served for approximately three to eight years as a benefits-eligible faculty member, ideally at the sponsoring school.
  3. Have an identified senior faculty member who will provide advice on the candidate’s project and career development.
  4. Have an educational scholarship project with the appropriate institutional support.
  5. Have an institutional commitment for the protection of 50% of the candidate’s time.
  6. 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 that the candidate is viewed by learners as an effective educator.
  2. Whether the candidate is in a position to directly influence learners in the local environment.
  3. Evidence of an ability to turn daily work into scholarship that has been disseminated.
  4. 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.
  5. Evidence of a strong mentor and of institutional support.
  6. Shows potential to become a national leader in health professions education.
Limit (Number of applicants permitted per institution): 
Sponsor Final Deadline: 
Sep 15, 2023
OSVPR Application or NOI Instructions: 

Interested applicants should upload the following documents in sequence in one PDF file (File name: Last name_Macy_2024 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 name(s) 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: No smaller than 11 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, June 14, 2023 - 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 Karen Kemirembe, Assistant Director, Foundation Relations (kuk195@psu.edu) for additional support.

Andrea Silner (Nursing)