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Limited Submission Opportunity: 2021 Macy Faculty Scholars Program

Applications are due Dec. 10. This is a joint competition for VU and VUMC investigators. All investigators should follow these instructions.

Vanderbilt has the opportunity to nominate one candidate each from the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing for the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation’s Faculty Scholars Program. The goal is to develop the next generation of national leaders in medical and nursing education. The program will support the Macy Faculty Scholars in leading new educational innovations at their home institutions and will provide opportunities for further career development through national meetings and participation in other Macy activities. This award typically provides up to $200,000 of salary support (plus fringe) over two years.

The foundation will offer an Informational webinar on Dec. 9 at noon ET. Anyone interested is invited to register here.


The eligible candidate must:

  • Have served for five or more years as a full-time faculty member, ideally at the sponsoring school.
  • Have identified a senior faculty member who will serve as a mentor and provide advice on the candidate’s project and career development.
  • Have an educational innovation project with the appropriate institutional support.
  • Have an institutional commitment for the protection of at least 50 percent of the candidate’s time.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

The foundation has particular interest in innovations that take place in learning environments where clinical care is delivered. Within these clinical learning environments, the foundation is interested in projects that:

  • Prepare future health professionals to navigate and address ethical dilemmas that arise when the principles of the health professions are in conflict with barriers imposed by the health delivery system.
  • Advance equity, diversity and belonging.
  • Enhance collaboration among health professionals, educators and learners.

Internal application process

Anyone interested in being considered as one of Vanderbilt’s nominees must submit the following (in PDF format) to by 5 p.m. on Dec. 10:

  1. Brief (two-page maximum) description of the educational innovation project;
  2. Statement of support from candidate’s mentor indicating a commitment to advise the candidate on project work and career development;
  3. Brief statement from the candidate’s department chair that the candidate will have “at least 50 percent protected time to pursue a mentored educational project.” Letter must acknowledge that this grant does not allow indirect costs.** This statement can be used/modified: “The department recognizes that this grant does not allow indirect costs and will commit to covering any associated indirect costs per applicable institutional policy.”
  4. Brief CV (five-page max) or NIH Biosketch

Submissions should reference the program name and applicant’s school (Medicine or Nursing) in the subject line of the email.

**Process for cost-sharing typically coordinated at the departmental/school level and approved by department chair and/or dean. Please consult for further guidance.

Please contact us at if you have any questions about the program, foundation or internal review process.