2020 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards


The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. The program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers. Criteria for selection include an independent body of scholarship attained in the early years of their appointment, and a demonstrated commitment to education, signaling the promise of continuing outstanding contributions to both research and teaching. The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program provides an unrestricted research grant of $100,000. UMass Amherst may submit one nomination.


  • Applicants must hold a full-time tenure-track academic appointment.
  • Applicants are "normally expected to have been appointed no earlier than mid-year 2014." Per the Dreyfus Foundation: "Most awardees are 3-4 years into their appointments. First- and second-year applicants are not usually competitive." 
  • Applicants must be from a PhD-granting department in which scholarly research is a principal activity.
  • Undergraduate education must be an important part of the applicant's activities.
  • Renominations are accepted.

Award Background:

  • An unrestricted research grant of $100,000
  • Only one nominee per institution
  • Approximately 13-15 awards per year
  • List of Past Awardees - we strongly recommend reviewing past grants to determine competitiveness.

Internal Application Process:
One candidate will be selected from UMass Amherst to submit to this opportunity. 

The internal selection process will be informed by the grant program's guidelines and submission requirements and led by a committee composed of the deans of applicants' respective schools and colleges or their designees and, if necessary, the Provost, Vice Chancellor for Research Engagement, and/or faculty with relevant expertise.

If you are interested in applying, please email a pre-proposal with the following items as a single PDF by December 16, 2019 to foundation.relations@umass.edu:

  • A summary describing your commitment to teaching in the chemical sciences and your teaching accomplishments (up to one page). 
  • A summary of your research accomplishments and research plans (up to three pages). 
  • Full CV, including current and pending support. 

Additional Information:
The Foundation seeks Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars who demonstrate leadership in research and education. Nominations must provide compelling evidence of the advance of important knowledge in the chemical sciences by the nominee. Further, the nomination should describe dedication and contributions to education in the chemical sciences, particularly with respect to undergraduates.The nominee's scholarly research achievements are assessed by a panel of distinguished faculty in the chemical sciences. The letters of recommendation should address the nominee's research accomplishments as an independent faculty member. Other considered factors are: awards and honors, publication of research achievements in leading journals, and success in attracting research funding.

For more information, visit the program's website. If you have questions about this opportunity or your eligibility, please contact Marco Monoc or Liz Smith in Foundation Relations.