Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program

Deadline: May 18, 2017
Announcement: early August 2017

The Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences at undergraduate institutions. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers. The award is based on accomplishment in scholarly research with undergraduates, as well as a compelling commitment to teaching, and provides an unrestricted research grant of $60,000.

The Henry 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 master's degree in the chemical sciences, including biochemistry, materials chemistry, and chemical engineering. Awardees are typically in departments that do not grant a doctoral degree. Nominees must hold a full-time tenure-track academic appointment, be after the fourth and not after the twelfth years of their independent academic careers, and be engaged in research and teaching primarily with undergraduates. Institutions may submit only one Henry Dreyfus nomination annually. Renominations are accepted.

The Foundation seeks Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars who, as independent faculty members, have demonstrated leadership in original scholarly research of outstanding quality, substantially with undergraduates, as well as excellence and dedication in undergraduate education.

Recommendations for awards are based on evidence of outstanding educational efforts and the nominee's scholarly research achievements with undergraduates as an independent faculty member, as assessed by a panel of distinguished faculty in the chemical sciences. The three outside letters of support (see below for details) are of particular value to the reviewers. Other considered factors are: awards and honors, publication of research achievements in leading journals, and success in attracting research funding.

The Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award provides a $60,000 unrestricted research grant. Of the total amount, $5,000 is to be allocated 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.

Nomination Procedure
Institutions may make only one nomination annually for the Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program. All nomination materials and letters of support must be received at the Foundation office by the deadline. The nomination consists of:

1. The online nomination form HERE
2. A letter of nomination (limited to two pages) from an institutional representative (e.g. the department chair or dean) highlighting the nominee's research and teaching accomplishments and the basis for selection. In addition, this letter may contain institutional and departmental descriptive information.
3. A summary description of the nominee's research accomplishments as an independent faculty member and a description of research plans (limited to six pages, including references)
4. A statement that illustrates the nominee's efforts in education in the chemical sciences (limited to two pages)
5. A CV (limited to five pages) including a list of publications in which independent contributions and undergraduate coauthors are clearly identified. Research support should be indicated.
6. A budget (limited to one page) describing how award funds would be used

Send all above materials as a PDF to: programs@dreyfus.org.

Nominations recommended for approval are presented to the Foundation's Board of Directors and announced by early August.

Letters of support: Three letters of support should be sent directly to the Foundation from individuals who know and address the nominee's capabilities and accomplishments as an independent faculty member. No more than one of these letters may be from the candidate’s nominating institution. Letters from outside the nominating institution are given the greatest weight. A letter from the candidate’s Ph.D. or postdoctoral advisor is appropriate but should discuss the nominee's accomplishments as an independent investigator. Letters should be formatted on 8 1/2 x 11-inch letterhead, using 12-point font size, and be no more than three pages. The letters of support should not be received with the nomination package, but instead should be sent as a PDF to programs@dreyfus.org.

A final report is due at the end of the fifth year. The report should be concise and contain the following information:

1. Highlights of research accomplishments during the award period and a description of any noteworthy accomplishments in chemistry education
2. Research plans
3. Use of the $5,000 for departmental expenses associated with research and education
4. An updated CV
5. Categorical financial report (click HERE for categories)
6. An optional statement of any newsworthy stories concerning the Teacher-Scholar during the period of the Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award

Send all above materials as a PDF to: programs@dreyfus.org.

Additional Information
1. Publications and presentations describing work supported by the award should acknowledge the Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program.
2. Recipients of the award are designated Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars.
3. Procedural questions may be directed to the Foundation office by e-mail at programs@dreyfus.org or telephone at 212-753-1760.