The External Awards and Recognition Office supports University of Iowa faculty in pursuing awards and honors from organizations outside the university. 

We partner with UI faculty, departments, and colleges to elevate faculty profiles on a national and international scale, enhancing the university's reputation and showcasing our faculty's achievements in research, creative scholarship, teaching, and service. 

External awards and honors represent valuable opportunities for faculty to enhance their scholarly reputation, garner additional funding, and expand the impact of their work. 

Our office provides tailored guidance and resources to align external award opportunities with faculty career goals. 

Improving Scholarly Communication Series

June 14, July 12, and August 16

The Improving Scholarly Communications sessions are a three-part series designed to provide you with strategies to improve the clarity of your scholarly communications, both written and oral. These workshops will cover writing for publication, writing effective NIH grant applications, and giving effective presentations. All sessions will be hosted in the University Capitol Centre. 

Featured External Awards

American Academy of Arts and Sciences Membership

Nominations expected to open in April 2024

Membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is a highly prestigious honor for scholars with excellence in their field and a record of continued accomplishment. The academy elects members annually in thirty-one sections organized within five classes, including the sciences, social sciences, humanities, arts, and business. Members are elected by current academy members. 

Cottrell Scholar Award

Application open March 1 - July 1, 2024

The Cottrell Scholar Award honors and helps to develop outstanding early career teacher-scholars in chemistry, physics, or astronomy departments who are recognized by their scientific communities for the quality and innovation of their research programs and their academic leadership skills. Cottrell Scholar Awards are for three-year projects in the amount of $120,000 for the entire project.

Beckman Young Investigator Program

Application opens June 2024

The Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program provides research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers in the chemical and life sciences, particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments, and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science. Faculty in the first four years of a tenure-track position are eligible to apply. 

News and Highlights

Pacheco named a 2024 Carnegie Fellow

Akbar, Brinkley receive Guggenheim Fellowship

4 UI faculty named AAAS fellows for 2023

Hoadley, DeRoo receive award from NASA

Faculty Awards & Honors

Learn more about our exceptional faculty, which includes National Academy Members, Guggenheim Fellows, and national and international award winners.