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Grants and Awards

Awards, Grants & Fellowships for Faculty

Below is a listing of fellowships, grants, awards, and funding opportunities available to faculty. Research @ IU Bloomington lists other funding opportunities.

Grants for Course Development and SOTL at Indiana University


Grants from the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL)

  1. Active Learning Grants
  2. Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Grants
  3. Service-Learning Faculty Fellowships
  4. Summer Instructional Development Fellowships
  5. Summer Writing-Teaching Grants

Grants from IU Libraries

  1. Information Fluency Grants

Teaching & Mentoring Awards at Indiana University

  1. Provost’s Professors
  2. FACET Awards for Teaching
  3. Frederic Bachman Lieber Award
  4. GPSO Faculty Mentor Award
  5. Herman Frederic Lieber Award
  6. Lieber Associate Instructor Awards
  7. President’s Award
  8. Student Choice Award
  9. Sylvia E. Bowman Award
  10. Tracy M. Sonneborn Award
  11. Trustees Teaching Awards (formerly TERA)

National Resources

  1. Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE)
  2. National Association of Graduate-Professional Students
  3. NEA Excellence in the Academy Awards
  4. National Endowment for the Humanities

Other Opportunities

  1. Teaching at Collins LLC

Grants for Course Development and SOTL

Grants from the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL)


Active Learning Grants

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Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grants

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Service-Learning Fellowships

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Summer Instructional Development Fellowships

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Summer Writing–Teaching Grants

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Grants from IU Libraries


Information Fluency Grants

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Awards available to Instructors at Indiana University at Bloomington

  1. Provost’s Professors: These professorships are intended to bring significant honor to those members of the faculty who have achieved local, national, and international distinction in both teaching and research/creative activity and their interaction. The professorships carry the title, a $2,500 for each of the first three years, and a $5,000 grant to be used on a project of their choice to demonstrate the ways in which teaching and research are mutually reinforcing. For more information, see Award Nominations at the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs
  2. FACET Awards for Teaching: The Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET) was established in 1989 and recognizes the University’s most exemplary teaching faculty and librarians and encourages teaching excellence across the University by creating a network of distinguished scholar-mentors. With representatives from all IU campuses, the group holds workshops, an annual retreat, and a broad range of campus-specific and University wide teaching colloquies and policy discussions. Participants must be full-time tenure-track or clinical-rank faculty members or librarians. Nominations are solicited annually by the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs. For more information, see Faculty Development—Section G of the Academic Guide.
  3. Frederic Bachman Lieber Award: The oldest of Indiana University teaching awards was established in 1954 by Mrs. Katie D. Bachman in memory of her grandson and was further endowed by Mrs. Herman Lieber. The awards are granted for excellence in teaching in any division of the University at any professional rank. For more information, see Faculty Development—Section G of the Academic Guide.
  4. GPSO Faculty Mentor Award: Established in 2002, this award goes to faculty members who serve as role models for graduate and professional students and encourage or support their educational, academic, and personal development. Top awards is presented to one individual in each of the following five fields: Physical and Biological sciences, Humanities, Social sciences, and Professional schools (MA and PhD degrees). Additional recognition is awarded to outstanding candidates in any of the fields. For more information, see the description from the Graduate & Professional Student Organization.
  5. Herman Frederic Lieber Award: Established in 1961, this was first sponsored by the IU Foundation and is now sponsored by Mrs. Herman Lieber of Indianapolis. All regular members of the faculty with ranks from Instructor through Professor are eligible for the award which is granted for excellence in teaching. For more information, see Faculty Development—Section G of the Academic Guide.
  6. President’s Award: Established in 1974, this award can be given in any division of the University and at any professorial rank for excellence in teaching. For more information, see Faculty Development—Section G of the Academic Guide.
  7. Student Choice Award: The Student Alumni Association selects faculty members for this award based based on their knowledge, class presentation skills, student rapport, and enthusiasm. Only faculty who receive three or more nominations will be considered. The professor receiving the most nominations will also be nominated by the SAA for the Carnegie Foundation Professor of the Year Program award. Student Choice Award page.
  8. Sylvia E. Bowman Award: This award is normally given to recognize distinguished teaching in fields relating to American civilization, broadly interpreted to include not only U.S. literature and history, but also any subject that treats any aspect of our country such as geography, geology, economics, and comparative literature. For more information, see Faculty Development—Section G of the Academic Guide.
  9. Tracy M. Sonneborn Award: Nominees for the Provost's Professorships will automatically be considered for a this award, which carries an additional $3,500 cash prize. The winner of the award gives a University-wide lecture the following fall. For more information, see Award Nominations at the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs.
  10. Trustees Teaching Awards: These awards were established to recognize and enhance excellent teaching at Indiana University, especially at the undergraduate level. Tenured or tenure-track faculty, or full-time lecturers or clinical faculty whose primary duty is teaching, who have demonstrated that they are the best teachers, are eligible for this $2,500 award. The IUB Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs is responsible for establishing and supervising the procedures for determining the award recipients. Selections are made by faculty committee. On the Bloomington campus awardees are selected by processes set by the individual schools. For more information, see Faculty Development—Section G of the Academic Guide.

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National and State Resources

  1. Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE): FIPSE’s main activity is its Comprehensive Program (a grant program intended to support innovative educational reform projects that can serve as national models for the improvement of postsecondary education), but it has other grant competitions of more specific focus. For more information on these, go to the FIPSE welcome page.
  2. NEA Excellence in the Academy Awards: There are several awards available from the National Education Association (NEA), all worth $2,500.
  3. National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities. A good place to start is the description of their Grant Programs

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Other Opportunities

  1. Teaching at Collins LLC: Collins Living Learn Center invites faculty and advanced graduate students to submit course proposals for undergraduate classes. For more information, see the Prospective Instructors home page.

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>Meredith West, Chancellor's Professor of Psychology and Biology, received the Tracy M. Sonneborn Award for 2008.

Meredith West, Chancellors’ Professor of Psychology and Biology at Indiana University, received the Tracy M. Sonneborn Award for 2008. The annual award recognizes an IU faculty member who has achieved local, national, and international distinction in both teaching and research/creative activity and their interaction. West has distinguished herself as a researcher, scholar, educator and administrator within the profession for decades. Linda B. Smith, chair and Chancellor’s Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, succinctly explains how “Meredith is truly an outstanding scientist who has made unique and significant contributions to biology and psychology. Her research program is innovative and highly original and has a broad impact. The research is also fun, engaging, relevant and compelling to students, reporters and the man in the street. Her research, teaching, mentorship and engagement as a public scholar represent the best of the academy, and its value to society at large.”

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