National & International Awards

Information about some of the most prestigious awards and honors is provided as a resource for faculty.

Nominations/applications coordinated at the campus level are noted and include internal deadlines where available. For additional information about these awards, or for other assistance with award nominations or processes, contact Kim Green in the Office of the Provost at provostawards@illinois.edu or (217) 244-3689.

  • Awards & Honors
  • Fellowships & Grants
              • ACLS Fellowship, sponsored by American Council of Learned Societies

                The American Council of Learned Societies continues to be the leading private institution supporting scholars in the humanities and related social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels. For the purpose of these competitions, the humanities and related social sciences include but are not limited to American studies; anthropology; archaeology; art history and architectural history; classics; economics; ethnic studies; film; gender studies; geography; history; languages and literatures; legal studies; linguistics; musicology; philosophy; political science; psychology; religious studies; rhetoric, communication, and media studies; sociology; and theater, dance, and performance studies.

                Award/Prize amount: Varies.
                Application/Nomination information: Applications accepted.
                Agency deadline: Varies.
                Internal/Campus deadline: N/A
                Illinois campus contact: gillomba@illinois.edu

                For additional information, visit the website.

                See Illinois Recipients

              • Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program, sponsored by Carnegie Corporation of New York

                Continuing its longstanding investment in scholarly research, Carnegie Corporation of New York established the Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program in 2015 to provide a major boost to the social sciences and humanities. Each year, the Corporation provides more than 30 of the country’s most creative thinkers with grants of up to $200,000 each to support research on challenges to democracy and international order.

                Award/Prize amount: $200,000
                Application/Nomination information: Nominations are by invitation only.
                Agency deadline: November
                Internal/Campus deadline: September
                Illinois campus contact: provostawards@illinois.edu

                For additional information, visit the website.

              • Beckman Young Investigators Award, sponsored by Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation

                The Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program is intended to provide research support to promising young faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers. Awardees receive a substantial grant, over a period of three years. The intent is to foster “innovative departures” and the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in the chemical and life sciences.

                Award/Prize amount: $750,000
                Application/Nomination information: Applications accepted.
                Agency deadline: August
                Internal/Campus deadline: N/A
                Illinois campus contact: provostawards@illinois.edu

                For additional information, visit the website.

              • Blavatnik Awards for Young Investigators, sponsored by New York Academy of Sciences

                The Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists recognize the country’s most promising faculty-rank researchers in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry. One Blavatnik Laureate in each disciplinary category will receive $250,000 in unrestricted funds.

                Award/Prize amount: $250,000
                Application/Nomination information: Nominations are restricted. Submissions are campus-coordinated in the Office of the Provost.
                Agency deadline: November
                Internal/Campus deadline: September
                Illinois campus contact: provostawards@illinois.edu

                For additional information, visit the website.

              • CAREER Awards, sponsored by National Science Foundation

                The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

                Award/Prize amount: $100,000
                Application/Nomination information: Applications accepted.
                Agency deadline: July
                Internal/Campus deadline: N/A
                Illinois campus contact: N/A

                For additional information, visit the website.

                See Illinois Recipients

              • Fulbright Scholar, sponsored by U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

                The Fulbright Scholar Program offers U.S. faculty, administrators and professionals grants to lecture, conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields, or to participate in seminars. The Fulbright Program, the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government, is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

                Award/Prize amount: Varies.
                Application/Nomination information: Applications accepted.
                Agency deadline: August
                Internal/Campus deadline: N/A
                Illinois campus contact: international@illinois.edu

                For additional information, visit the website.

              • Guggenheim Fellowship, sponsored by John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

                John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation offers Fellowships to further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions and irrespective of race, color, or creed. Often characterized as “midcareer” awards, Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.

                Award/Prize amount: Varies.
                Application/Nomination information: Applications accepted. See website for more information.
                Agency deadline: September.
                Internal/Campus deadline: N/A
                Illinois campus contact: gillomba@illinois.edu

                For additional information, visit the website.

              • Innovation in Regulatory Science Award, sponsored by Burroughs Wellcome Fund

                BWF’s Innovation in Regulatory Science Awards provide up to $500,000 over five years to academic investigators developing new methodologies or innovative approaches in regulatory science that will ultimately inform the regulatory decisions the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and others make.

                Award/Prize amount: $500,000
                Application/Nomination information: Applications accepted.
                Agency deadline: March
                Internal/Campus deadline: N/A
                Illinois campus contact: jbl@illinois.edu

                For additional information, visit the website.

              • Jefferson Science Fellowship, sponsored by National Academies

                Jefferson Science Fellowships are open to tenured or similarly ranked faculty from U.S. institutions of higher learning who are U.S. citizens. Selected Fellows spend one year on assignment at the U.S. Department of State or USAID as science advisors on foreign policy issues. Assignments are tailored to the needs of the hosting office, while taking into account the Fellows’ interests and areas of expertise.

                Award/Prize amount: $50,000
                Application/Nomination information: Applications accepted.
                Agency deadline: October
                Internal/Campus deadline: N/A
                Illinois campus contact: provostawards@illinois.edu

                For additional information, visit the website.

              • MacArthur Fellowship, sponsored by MacArthur Foundation

                The MacArthur Fellows Program awards unrestricted fellowships to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction. Recipients may be writers, scientists, artists, social scientists, humanists, teachers, entrepreneurs, or those in other fields, with or without institutional affiliations. They may use their fellowship to advance their expertise, engage in bold new work, or, if they wish, to change fields or alter the direction of their careers.

                Award/Prize amount: $625,000
                Application/Nomination information: Nominations are by invitation only.
                Agency deadline: Made available to nominators.
                Internal/Campus deadline: N/A
                Illinois campus contact: N/A

                For additional information, visit the website.

              • NEH Fellowship, sponsored by National Endowment for the Humanities

                National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources in the humanities. Projects may be at any stage of development.

                Award/Prize amount: Varies.
                Application/Nomination information: Applications accepted.
                Agency deadline: April
                Internal/Campus deadline: N/A
                Illinois campus contact: gillomba@illinois.edu

                For additional information, visit the website.

              • NHC Fellowship, sponsored by National Humanities Center

                The National Humanities Center annually welcomes up to forty scholars from all fields of the humanities. Individually, the Fellows pursue their own research and writing. Together, they create a stimulating intellectual community.

                Award/Prize amount: Varies.
                Application/Nomination information: Applications accepted.
                Agency deadline: October
                Internal/Campus deadline: N/A
                Illinois campus contact: gillomba@illinois.edu

                For additional information, visit the website.

              • Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering, sponsored by David and Lucile Packard Foundation

                The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in their first few years of their appointment at the assistant professor level.

                Award/Prize amount: $875,000
                Application/Nomination information: Limited submission by institution. Nominations are restricted and are campus-coordinated in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.
                Agency deadline: April 20
                Internal/Campus deadline: January
                Illinois campus contact: limitedsubs@illinois.edu

                For additional information, visit the website.

              • Pew Scholars in Biomedicine, sponsored by The Pew Charitable Trusts

                The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in their first few years of their appointment at the assistant professor level.

                Award/Prize amount: $240,000
                Application/Nomination information: Nominations are restricted. Submissions are campus-coordinated in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.
                Agency deadline: July
                Internal/Campus deadline: April
                Illinois campus contact: ovcr@illinois.edu

                For additional information, visit the website.

              • Sloan Research Fellowship, sponsored by Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

                Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 126 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.

                Award/Prize amount: $60,000
                Application/Nomination information: There is no restriction on who may nominate. Self-nominations are accepted.
                Agency deadline: September
                Internal/Campus deadline: N/A
                Illinois campus contact: N/A

                For additional information, visit the website.

  • Members & Fellows
    • American Academy of Arts & Letters Member

      The American Academy of Arts and Letters is an honor society of 250 architects, composers, artists, and writers. Members of the Academy are elected for life. As vacancies occur, the Academicians nominate and elect new members. The honor of election is considered the highest formal recognition of artistic merit in the United States.

      Application/Nomination information: Nominations are restricted to members.
      Agency deadline: Provided to nominators.

      For additional information, visit the website.

    • American Academy of Arts & Sciences Member

      The Academy membership encompasses over 4,600 Fellows and 600 Foreign Honorary Members and reflects the full range of disciplines and professions: mathematics, the physical and biological sciences, medicine, the social sciences and humanities, business, government, public affairs, and the arts. Among the Academy’s Fellows are more than 250 Nobel laureates and 60 Pulitzer Prize winners.

      Application/Nomination information: Nominations are restricted to members.
      Agency deadline: Provided to nominators.

      For additional information, visit the website.

    • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow

      A member whose efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished and who has been a continuous member for the four year period leading up to the year of nomination, may, by virtue of such meritorious contribution be elected a Fellow by the Council. Examples of areas in which nominees may have made significant contributions are research; teaching; technology; services to professional societies; administration in academe, industry, and government; and communicating and interpreting science to the public.

      Application/Nomination information: Nominations are restricted to members.
      Agency deadline: April

      For additional information, visit the website.

    • American Law Institute Member

      To further its law reform work, the Institute elects individuals who reflect the excellence and diversity of today’s legal profession. Membership in The American Law Institute is a distinct professional honor, and the number that may be elected is limited to 3,000 (not including life, honorary, and ex-officio members). Our elected membership consists of eminent judges, lawyers, and law professors from all areas of the United States and from many foreign countries, selected on the basis of professional achievement and demonstrated interest in improving the law.

      Application/Nomination information: Nominations are restricted to members.
      Agency deadline: Provided to nominators.

      For additional information, visit the website.

    • American Philosophical Society Member

      An eminent scholarly organization of international reputation, the American Philosophical Society promotes useful knowledge in the sciences and humanities through excellence in scholarly research, professional meetings, publications, library resources, and community outreach. This country’s first learned society, the APS has played an important role in American cultural and intellectual life for over 250 years.

      Application/Nomination information: Nominations are restricted to members.
      Agency deadline: Provided to nominators.

      For additional information, visit the website.

    • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Member

      Connect with the best minds in engineering, advance your career, and make a difference by getting involved. Join ASME’s community of engineers to learn new technologies, keep your skills up to date, explore solutions to technical problems and advance your career. As an ASME member, you can take advantage of extensive professional and student benefits, most of which are available at no additional cost or at a substantial discount.

      Application/Nomination information: Nominations are restricted. See website for more information.
      Agency deadline: Varies

      For additional information, visit the website.

    • National Academy of Education Member

      The National Academy of Education advances high-quality education research and its use in policy formation and practice. Founded in 1965, the Academy consists of U.S. members and foreign associates who are elected on the basis of outstanding scholarship related to education. Since its establishment, the Academy has undertaken research studies addressing pressing issues in education, which are typically conducted by members and other scholars with relevant expertise. In addition, the Academy sponsors professional development programs to enhance the preparation of the next generation of education scholars.

      Application/Nomination information: There is no restriction on who may nominate.
      Agency deadline: November

      For additional information, visit the website.

    • National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Member

      Election to National Academy of Engineering (NAE) membership is one of the highest professional honors accorded an engineer. Members have distinguished themselves in business and academic management, in technical positions, as university faculty, and as leaders in government and private engineering organizations.

      Application/Nomination information: Nominations are restricted to members.
      Agency deadline: Provided to nominators.

      For additional information, visit the website.

    • National Academy of Inventors Fellow

      The National Academy of Inventors was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, educate and mentor innovative students, and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society. Election to NAI Fellow status is considered one of the highest honors accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.

      Application/Nomination information: There is no restriction on who may nominate. Self-nominations are not accepted.
      Agency deadline: October

      For additional information, visit the website.

    • National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Member

      The National Academy of Medicine (NAM), established in 1970 under the name Institute of Medicine (IOM), is an independent organization of eminent professionals from diverse fields including health and medicine; the natural, social, and behavioral sciences; and beyond. Through its domestic and global initiatives, the NAM works to address critical issues in health, medicine, and related policy and inspire positive action across sectors.

      Application/Nomination information: Nominations are restricted to members.
      Agency deadline: Provided to nominators.

      For additional information, visit the website.

    • National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Member

      Members are elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Membership is a widely accepted mark of excellence in science and is considered one of the highest honors that a scientist can receive.

      Application/Nomination information: Nominations are restricted to members.
      Agency deadline: Provided to nominators.

      For additional information, visit the website.

    • Royal Society Fellow

      The Royal Society is a self-governing fellowship made up of the most eminent scientists, engineers, and technologists from the UK and the Commonwealth. Fellows and Foreign Members are elected for life through a peer review process on the basis of excellence in science.

      Application/Nomination information: Nominations are restricted to current fellows.
      Agency deadline: September

      For additional information, visit the website.

Also see Opportunities and Current Calls for Nominations.