Texas Tech University

Targeted External Awards for Faculty

This website provides information about fellowships and other awards that garner national prestige for Texas Tech University. There are more than 200 external awards for which the university will provide incentives to faculty.

We also have implemented software to facilitate the submission and tracking of nominations so that we can recognize all awards and honors. If you submit a faculty nomination for any of the awards on this list or any other faculty award or honor, or if you receive one of the awards, please report the nomination at the Competition Space website (scroll down and click on: Nominations of Texas Tech Faculty for External Awards, Fellowships, and other Honors and then click apply).

Awards Recognized by AAU/CMUP/THECB

The following awards are recognized by the Center for Measuring University Performance, the American Association of Universities and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The Offices of the Provost and the Vice President for Research are offering incentives for receiving the awards below. For a description of the incentives and the details of the award incentive program, please read this memo.

An expedited faculty development leave procedure will be used when faculty receive one of the targeted external awards. Details can be found here.

If you get an award that is eligible for relocation expenses, please send a request with the name and date of the award you received to Rob Stewart and Kathleen Harris. You will be asked to complete a form with an itemized budget and justification.

Eligible Awards

I. Awards Classified as "Highly Prestigious" by the National Research Council and recognized by the AAU are separated by taxonomic field. There are too many to list here. Please refer to the spreadsheets listed below. PLEASE NOTE: The spreadsheets list both Highly Prestigious and Prestigious awards. Only the Highly Prestigious awards are eligible for the incentives described in the memo:

Social and Behavioral Sciences (N=24)
Life Sciences (N=54)
Physical Sciences and Engineering (N=73)
Arts and Humanities (N=62)

II. The tables below provide links to award information provided by the sponsoring agency, a synopsis of the submission procedure, and a timeline (if applicable) for submitting nominations and applications. Internal nominations may be made through Competition Space.

Agency/Foundation Award Title Procedure and Timeline Agency Deadline

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Sloan Research Fellowships PDF Sept. 12
  Targeted Disciplines: Chem., bio., comp sci, econ., math., neuro, physics, and related
American Academy of Nursing American Academy of Nursing Fellow/Member No Timeline
(2 fellows nominate candidates)
Feb. 13
  Targeted Disciplines: Nursing
American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) American Council of Learned Societies-ACLS Fellowship PDF Sept. 28
  Targeted Disciplines: Humanities and social sciences (excl. counseling/clinical psychology)
The American Law Institute
The American Law Institute Member No Timeline
(Initiated by ALI member)
  Targeted Disciplines: Law
Andrew W. Mellon Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Distinguished Achievement Awards
(Currently Discontinued)
  Targeted Disciplines: NA
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Beckman Young Investigators PDF Aug. 14
  Targeted Disciplines: Chemical and life sciences
Burroughs Wellcome Fund Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Awards: Medical Scientist PDF Oct. 3
  Targeted Disciplines: Physicians/Scientists doing biomedicine and disease research
Burroughs Wellcome Fund Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Awards: Scientific Interface PDF Jan. 9 (preproposal due Sept. 6)
  Targeted Disciplines: Biological sciences
The Getty Getty Scholars in Residence Residential Timeline Oct. 3
  Targeted Disciplines: Arts, humanities or social sciences
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator PDF N/A
  Targeted Disciplines: Biological problems in all biomedical disciplines
Institute of Medicine of the National Academies Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows Residential Timeline Opens Sept. 2016
  Targeted Disciplines: Health policy
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation MacArthur Foundation Fellows No Timeline
(Agency invites own nominators)
  Targeted Disciplines: Any discipline
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Guggenheim Fellows PDF Sept. 19
  Targeted Disciplines: Creative arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences
Kinship Foundation Searle Scholars
(TTU Currently Ineligible)
PDF Feb. 1
  Targeted Disciplines: Biochem, cell bio, genetics, immunol, neuro, pharm, chem/bio, eng
Lasker Foundation Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award PDF Feb. 1
  Targeted Disciplines: Contribute to elimination of major causes of disability and death
National Endowment for the Humanities National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellows PDF April 26
  Targeted Disciplines: Humanities
National Humanities Center National Humanities Center Fellowship Residential Timeline Oct. 18
  Targeted Disciplines: Humanities
National Institutes of Health (NIH) NIH Merit (R37) No Timeline
(Selected during grant review)
  Targeted Disciplines: Research areas supported by NIH
National Science Foundation National Medal of Science PDF April 1
  Targeted Disciplines: Physical, eng., math., biological, behavioral or social sciences
National Science Foundation NSF CAREER Awards
(Excluding those who are also PECASE winners)
PDF July 21

Targeted Disciplines: Research areas supported by NSF

TTU Recipients

The Newberry Library Newberry Library Long-term Fellows Residential Timeline Nov. 15
  Targeted Disciplines: Projects for which Newberry collections are relevant
The Pew Charitable Trusts Pew Biomedical Scholars
(TTU Currently Ineligible)
PDF Nov. 16
  Targeted Disciplines: Biomedical research
The Pulitzer Prizes The Pulitzer Prizes PDF Varies
  Targeted Disciplines: Journalism, letters, drama, music, special citations
Research Corporation for Science Advancement Cottrell College Science Awards PDF Aug. 1
  Targeted Disciplines: Astronomy, chemistry, physics
Research Corporation for Science Advancement Cottrell Scholar Awards PDF Aug. 1
  Targeted Disciplines: Astronomy, biochemistry, biophysics, chemistry, or physics
U.S. Department of Human & Health Services Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) No Timeline
(Federal Agencies make recommendations to White House)
  Targeted Disciplines: Science and engineering
U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program


Aug. 1
  Targeted Disciplines: All disciplines
Fulbright Application Resources
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office National Medal of Technology and Innovation PDF April 1
  Targeted Disciplines: Technology, technological innovation
The Woodrow Wilson Natl. Fellowship Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty PDF Oct. 30
  Targeted Disciplines: Humanities, social sciences, physical sciences (incl. computer sci.)

Other Targeted Awards

The following awards bring prestige to Texas Tech University. There is no monetary incentive program for these awards.

Agency/Foundation Award Title Procedure and Timeline Agency Deadline
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors Program PDF March 31
  Targeted Disciplines: Inventors/inventions
The Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas (TAMEST) TAMEST: Edith and Peter O'Donnell Awards PDF April 30
  Targeted Disciplines: Medicine, engineering, science, technology innovation
National Academy of Inventors National Academy of Inventors-Fellow PDF Oct. 1
  Targeted Disciplines: Inventors impacting quality of life, econ. development, and welfare
Blavatnik Family Foundation Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists PDF Nov. 16
  Targeted Disciplines: Life sciences, physical sciences and engineering, chemistry
National Science Foundation Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring PDF June 17
  Targeted Disciplines: Mentors of underrepresented groups

For questions about targeted external award opportunities contact:
Pat DeLucia, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Research, Faculty Affairs