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Northwestern Creates Faculty Diversity Award and Grant

Two new funding programs celebrate collaboration, inclusion and diversity
  • Northwestern launches two new funding programs to honor, inspire diversity and equity
  • Two $5,000 awards to be given annually to nominated faculty member
  • Diversity grants available annually for all faculty
  • Nomination and application deadlines Oct. 1, 2016

EVANSTON, Ill.  --- Northwestern University has developed two new funding programs in an ongoing effort to foster and recognize faculty excellence in diversity and equity.

The Provost Award for Faculty Excellence in Diversity and Equity celebrates outstanding people or groups who are working collaboratively to build a more diverse, inclusive and equitable climate at Northwestern. Two $5,000 awards will be given each year.

The Provost Grant for Faculty Innovation in Diversity and Equity funds novel and innovative practices that will enhance education and research through improved diversity and inclusion. Funding is expected to range from $2,000 for modest proposals to $25,000 for extensive proposals that may include multiple faculty partners or extend across units or schools.

“Northwestern is a place where both students and faculty are encouraged to connect the community and engage with the world,” said Northwestern University Provost Daniel Linzer. “These awards and grants are designed to celebrate and further faculty innovation to support these efforts.”


Faculty members who have clearly led an effort, initiative or project that increased diversity, inclusion and equity related to a variety of factors -- sex, gender identity, political affiliation, disability and more -- can be nominated for one of two $5,000 awards. The projects should demonstrate a positive and collaborative approach.

All faculty are eligible for nomination, as are joint nominations for initiatives that involve two or more faculty members, units or departments. Nominations must be received by Oct. 1.  Further information and the nomination form can be found on the Office of the Provost’s website.


Faculty members with pioneering and innovative ideas about how to enhance education and research through improved diversity and inclusion at Northwestern are encouraged to apply for a grant. Proposed projects -- either new or existing initiatives -- that clearly show a positive impact on faculty recruitment, hiring and retention are especially welcome. Topics can be related to among other things, sex, gender identity or expression, race, ethnicity, disability, socioeconomic status, age, political affiliation, religion, philosophy or sexual orientation.

Proposals must be submitted by Oct. 1. Work on the projects should begin by January 2017. Find further information and the application form on the Office of the Provost’s website.