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The 2020 Cottrell Scholar Program

Granting Organization: 
Research Corporation for Science Advancement
Submission Deadline: 
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Program Descripton: 

The Cottrell Scholar program honors and helps to develop outstanding teacher-scholars who are recognized by their scientific communities for the quality and innovation of their research programs and their potential for academic leadership.

The Cottrell Scholar Program is included among the National Research Council (NRC) list of 1,393 prestigious and highly prestigious awards and honors in all fields.


For the 2020 proposal cycle, eligibility is limited to faculty members who started their first tenure-track appointment anytime in calendar year 2017. Accommodations are made for faculty who have taken maternity or paternity leave, or who have experienced medical conditions that prompted a tenure clock extension.

Application Process: 

CSA proposals contain a research plan, an educational plan, and a clear statement on how the applicant will become an outstanding teacher-scholar with strong academic citizenship skills. Proposal plans must be for a period of three years. The ability of applicants to mount a strong and innovative research program, achieve excellence in education, and develop effective academic citizenship skills are key criteria in the selection process.

Potential CSA applicants begin the submission process by completing the online eligibility quiz. If eligible, applicants gain access to a web page containing the CSA proposal application form and instructions for electronic submission.  Submissions must conform to guidelines and directions, and be endorsed by the applicant’s home institution. Visit the Application Process help page for online submission tips in submitting your application.


The Office of the Vice President of Research is pleased to provide support for the nomination process as well as assistance with the application materials. Requests for assistance can be sent to Dean Evasius.