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Collegiate Research Professorship


Research Full Professors at the University of Michigan with at least a 60% appointment are eligible. Faculty must be a member of the U-M community through the time the award is made at the annual Faculty Awards Ceremony and dinner hosted by the President in the fall. Tenured and tenure-track faculty are ineligible. Individuals within the award term of a previous Collegiate Research Professorship or Distinguished Research Scientist Award are ineligible. Nominations of outstanding women, minorities, and members of other groups historically underrepresented in their disciplines are encouraged.


The recipient will be awarded a stipend of $2,000 per year for the initial five-year renewable term of the professorship, provided the awardee remains employed at the University. The honor of the named Collegiate Research Professorship is conferred at the annual Faculty Awards Ceremony and dinner hosted by the President each fall. One Collegiate Research Professor title may be renewed each year, however the stipend is not renewable past the first five years.

Selection Criteria

Exceptional scholarly achievement and impact on advancing knowledge in science, engineering, heath, education, the arts, the humanities or other academic field of study.

Nomination Process


  • One-page description of the qualities and accomplishments that make the individual a superior choice for the award.
  • Nominee CV and a one-page personal statement from the nominee to support his/her nomination
  • At least three (3) letters of support, including two from outside the University, from a range of individuals knowledgeable about the nominee’s work, which demonstrates the nominee’s significant contributions to his/her field.
  • A one-page collegiate professorship name description to include 1) name and appointment/s of faculty member to be honored 2) rationale to honor this faculty member. Note: Collegiate professorships can only be named after retired or deceased faculty.


Nominations are due by Monday, February 14, 2022.  


By consensus of the Research Faculty Awards Advisory Committee, appointed by the Vice President for Research, and with concurrence of the VP for Research.

Announcement of Award

The recipient, if any, will be announced in early fall in coordination with the annual Faculty Awards Ceremony and dinner hosted by the President and the Provost.

More information

Please contact Wendi Mohl in the U-M Office of Research at