Please note that program guidelines were updated on May 9, 2024.

Deadline:  January 30, 2025
Announcement:  early May 2025


The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented early career faculty in the chemical sciences. The Award, which requires an institutional nomination, is based on 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 Award provides an unrestricted research grant of $100,000.



The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program is open to faculty who meet all of the following criteria:

  • From 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 chemistry, biochemistry, materials chemistry, and chemical engineering.
  • Hold a full-time tenure-track academic appointment focused on the chemical sciences.
  • From Ph.D. granting departments in which scholarly research is a principal activity and undergraduate education is an important component.
  • Are within the first six years of their independent academic careers at the time of submission of the nomination. Experience has shown that awardees tend to be close to the end of their eligibility window, but all eligible candidates are welcome to apply.

Institutions may submit only one Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award nomination annually. Renominations are accepted.

The Foundation will consider extensions to the window of eligibility for official tenure clock stops, for reasons including but not limited to parental leave, military leave, medical leave, and the pandemic. Any exceptions should be clearly discussed at the beginning of the letter of nomination. We encourage you to reach out to [email protected] to discuss these exceptions prior to nomination submissions.

If you feel that there are special circumstances that may apply to your nomination, please contact the Foundation office at [email protected].



The Foundation seeks Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars who, as independent faculty members, demonstrate leadership in original scholarly research of outstanding quality, as well as innovation in and dedication to education.

Recommendations for awards are based upon compelling evidence that the nominee’s independent scholarly research has led to important advances in the chemical sciences, and will continue to do so. The three outside letters of support (see below for details) are of particular value to the reviewers in this regard. Other considered factors are: awards and honors, publication of research achievements in leading journals, success in attracting research funding, and dedication and contributions to education in the chemical sciences, particularly with respect to undergraduates and the larger community.

The nominee’s achievements are assessed by a review panel of distinguished faculty in the chemical sciences. The letters of recommendation should address the nominee’s research accomplishments as an independent faculty member.

Nominations recommended for approval are presented to the Foundation’s Board of Directors, and approved Awards are announced by early May.


Nomination Procedure

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

If you have any questions about the nomination process, or would like to discuss best practices for applying with a member of the Foundation’s team, please reach out to [email protected]. The Foundation especially encourages institutions new to the award process to reach out for a discussion.

The nomination consists of:

  1. The online nomination form.
  2. A letter of nomination (limited to two pages) from an institutional representative highlighting the nominee’s research and teaching accomplishments. 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 future research plans (limited to five pages, including references, with use of at least one graphic being encouraged).
  4. A statement that illustrates the nominee’s efforts in education in the chemical sciences (limited to two pages)
  5. A CV (limited to four pages), which includes a list of publications in which the corresponding author and undergraduate coauthors are clearly identified. Research support should be indicated.

While the Foundation does not have any specific formatting requirements for the nomination PDF, it is expected that applicants use a reasonable font size for reading and printable margins.


Send all the above materials by the deadline as a single PDF to: [email protected].


Note: If a nominee has significant developments in their career, teaching, or research after the deadline, the Foundation will allow a one paragraph appendix no more than three weeks past the deadline. This paragraph can be sent as a PDF via email to [email protected]. No other additional materials will be accepted.


Letters of Support:

  • Three letters of support should be requested by the nominator and sent directly to the Foundation from individuals who can address the nominee’s capabilities and accomplishments as an independent faculty member.
  • None of these letters may be from the candidate’s nominating institution.
  • No more than one letter may be from a former mentor.
  • The letters of support should not be received with the nomination package, but instead should be sent by the deadline as a PDF directly to [email protected].


Guidelines for Use of Funds
  • The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award provides a $100,000 unrestricted research grant to the Awardee.
  • Of the total amount, $7,500 may 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. Summer salary is allowed.
  • Funds are normally expended over a period of five years.
  • If the awardee leaves the institution, the transfer of the remaining funds requires prior Foundation approval.



A set of final reports is due at the end of the fifth year. Interim reports are due to the Foundation as requested. For questions about reporting, contact [email protected].



Additional information
  1. Publications and presentations describing work supported by the award should acknowledge The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation.
  2. Recipients of the award are designated Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars.
  3. For questions, please contact the Foundation office by e-mail at [email protected] or by telephone at 212-753-1760.