The Office of Research Development (ORD) supports the development of applications and nominations by UMass Lowell (UML) scholars and teachers to prestigious honorific awards. We primarily focus on awards tracked by The Center for Measuring University Performance, listed below, collectively called Faculty Awards in the Arts, Humanities, Science, Engineering, and Health. We are also available to support prestigious award nominations not listed here. For example, please find the National Research Council list of highly prestigious awards shared by the American Association of Universities.

If the award includes a budget with funding routed through UML, please alert the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) as you would for a proposal submission. OSP may, in some cases, be required to submit the nomination. In other cases, such as for the Guggenheim, the individual is required to submit.

If the award requires or includes a release from teaching or other responsibilities, please discuss with your department head and college dean. Please refer to the course buyout process.

ORD support for honorific awards can include creating templates for nomination letters, providing feedback on award application documents and working with the research community to match UML nominees with open award opportunities. Please contact ORD for support via email at:

AwardUsual deadlineIs this a limited submission opportunity?Disciplines
American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) FellowshipsSeptemberNoHumanities and humanistic social sciences
Beckman Young InvestigatorsAugust (Letter of Intent)NoChemical and life sciences
Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career AwardsOctoberNoMedical sciences
Cottrell ScholarsJulyNoChemistry, physics, astronomy
Fulbright American ScholarsSeptemberNoAll
Getty Scholars in ResidenceOctoberNoArt History
Guggenheim FellowsSeptemberNoSocial sciences, natural sciences, humanities, and creative arts
Howard Hughes Medical Institute InvestigatorsMarchNoMedical sciences and engineering, physician scientists
Lasker Medical Research AwardsFebruaryNoMedical research: basic, clinical, special achievement, and public service
MacArthur Foundation FellowsN/ANoCreative pursuits
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) FellowsAprilNoHumanities
National Humanities Center FellowsOctoberNoHumanities
National Institutes of Health (NIH) MERIT (R37)N/ANoMedical fields
National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER awardsJulyNoSTEM fields
Newberry Library Long-term FellowsNovemberNoHumanities
Robert Wood Johnson Policy FellowsNovemberNoHealth policy
Searle ScholarsSeptemberYesBiochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences
Sloan Research FellowsSeptemberYes (up to 3 per department)Chemistry, computer science, Earth system science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, physics, or a related field
Woodrow Wilson FellowsOctoberNoPolicy