External Awards

Why Apply for An External Award?

External awards are a fantastic way for faculty to both develop and showcase their research. Sometimes an external award is given for a project in development, while other times it is a recognition for a career’s worth of work. Either way, it often provides funding, community, prestige, and career advancement. The Provost’s Office is dedicated to helping faculty find, apply for, and receive external awards. See below for all of our resources. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you need any assistance.


(Pictured on left: Lee-Ann Allen receives 2021 AAAS Fellow award from President Choi and Provost Ramchand.)

Lee-Ann Allen

Recent Winners of Highly Prestigious Awards

Stephen Karian

Stephen Karian

Professor Stephen Karian, Department of English, was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2022-23.

Martha Kelly

Martha Kelly

Associate Professor Martha Kelly, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, was named a 2022-23 National Humanities Center Fellow.

Blake Myers

Blake Myers

Professor Blake Myers, Division of Plant Science & Technology, was elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Incentives & Recognitions

Course Release Program

Faculty who are in a strong position to apply for a “highly prestigious” award (as defined by the AAU) can apply for teaching release for one course in order to prepare this application. (Only faculty who are preparing their own awards application – not nomination packets for another faculty member – are eligible for this program.)

Applicants should submit a cover letter (indicating their eligibility for the award and timeline for award submission) and a CV to MUProvost@missouri.edu with subject line “Provost Highly Prestigious Awards Support Program” by April 4 (for teaching release in fall) or September 1 (for teaching release in spring). A short letter from the applicant’s department chair, which assesses the applicant’s potential for success and guarantees the award application submission, should be sent to the email address above. If granted, the Provost’s Office will provide the department with $7,500 per course for teaching replacement.

University of Missouri Award for Faculty Excellence

President Choi has announced that faculty who receive a “highly prestigious” award (as designated by the AAU) beginning in 2022 will receive an award of $10,000.

Faculty Excellence Week

The President and Provost hosted the inaugural MU Faculty Excellence Week, which was held April 27 – May 4, 2022. This week-long celebration featured events to recognize faculty achievements and awards. Highlights of Faculty Excellence Week include the following invitation-only events:

  • Faculty Recognition Awards Reception & Ceremony
  •  Faculty Authors at Mizzou
  • Kemper Fellows Awards Ceremony & Reception

Watch our website for information about the 2023 Faculty Excellence Week events.

Featured External Awards

Awards that are a good match for MU faculty:

Wolf Prize CASBS Fellowship

Upcoming Webinars, Deadlines & Events

Upcoming Webinars

  • September 28: Webinar: Nuts and Bolts of the Fulbright, noon–1 p.m. Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers over 800 awards in more than 135 countries to teach, conduct research and carry out professional projects. In this webinar, learn about the support available through MU for applicants. Two Mizzou faculty members will share their experiences as Fulbright recipients. The session will conclude with time for Q&A. Learn more and register.

Previous Webinar Recordings


Deadlines for prestigious and highly prestigious awards that are a good match for MU faculty. All deadlines may be found in the database below.


September Deadlines

October Deadlines

November Deadlines

Search for External Awards

There are two main ways to search for the almost-18K external awards in the database:

1) Go through “Faculty Insights,” which is located here: https://insight.discovery.academicanalytics.com/missouri/browseawards. You can use the various drop-down menus to expand of limit your search. If you want to see what awards you match best for, click “My Profile” and “Suggested Awards.”

2) Use the Tableau below, using the sorting tabs on the right-hand side to help narrow your search. If you need assistance finding awards, please contact one of our staff listed below.

Need Help with External Awards?

We have a team of people ready to help you as you need it. Please reach out to any of us with any questions:



Zoom Office Hours:  Join us monthly on Wednesday mornings from 10:00-11:00 to discuss all your external award questions. Meeting dates through December are:

  • Oct 5
  • Nov 2
  • Dec 7