Early Career Award


University of Arizona Provost


The Early Career Scholars Award recognizes outstanding early career faculty who are at the forefront of their disciplines and make highly valued contributions to the teaching, creative activity, and service priorities set out in the University's Strategic Plan Five Pillars: Wildcat Journey, Grand Challenges, Arizona Advantage, Arizona Global, and Institutional Excellence. Our purpose at the University of Arizona is to work together to expand human potential to explore new horizons and enrich life for all. Our mission is to create a world where human potential is realized and we’re all working together to create solutions to big problems, so that life in our communities, in Arizona and on our planet can thrive. Our university values that undergird our purpose are integrity, compassion, exploration, adaptation, inclusion, and determination.


Recipients will receive a one-time allocation of $5,000 in University funds to facilitate further work within their discipline.


Eligible candidates will be early career, tenure-eligible and continuing-eligible faculty, with priority given to those candidates of exceptional promise at the assistant rank at the University of Arizona.

Continuing-eligible or tenure-eligible candidates currently under an early or mandatory review for continuing status or tenure are not eligible for this award

A maximum of 1 faculty per department can be nominated for this award. 


Candidates will be judged both on the evidence that they have demonstrated significant breakthrough in their scholarship, innovations in teaching, and service contributions to the strategic plan of the university.


Department Heads/Directors/Chairs may submit a nomination for eligible faculty. Nomination materials must be submitted online through Competition Space: https://arizona.infoready4.com/#homePage

  • A one-page letter of nomination from the Department Head
  • CV for the nominee
  • A one recommendation letter (2-3 pages) from a University of Arizona colleague within the nominee’s area of expertise
  • A one-page letter from the Dean

Review the nomination packet carefully before submitting to make sure that all of the required material is accurate and included. Packets that are incomplete may be delayed.

Inclusive excellence is the engine that drives the value and practice of diversity and inclusiveness at the University of Arizona. At the center of Inclusive Excellence is the recognition and acceptance of the talents, worldviews, perceptions, cultures and skills that faculty communities bring to the educational enterprise. The University of Arizona recognizes the power of a diverse community and strongly encourages nominations of individuals with varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds. As a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), the University of Arizona also recognized the importance of contributions of the nominee to the HSI mission.


The deadline for nominations is Friday, December 4, 2020 at 5 p.m.  Please submit online nomination materials to Competition Space: https://arizona.infoready4.com/#homePage.

All awardees will be selected in 2021.


Please contact: Dr. Adrián Arroyo, +1 (520) 626.0202 or email arroyopa@arizona.edu