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Chancellor Faculty Fellows

Vanderbilt University is committed to supporting and retaining outstanding faculty who have recently received tenure. The granting of tenure indicates the university’s long-term commitment to these individuals. In many ways, these scholars represent the future of our institution. They offer energy and innovation for new basic discoveries, path-breaking scholarship, and creative expression. As these faculty assume more senior status, it is important that Vanderbilt renew its commitment to them so as to ensure continued success in their careers that will lead to even greater national and international visibility. By investing in a select group of younger scholars from across the campus, we will not only advance their careers at a critical time, but we will also provide a forum for them to share their academic interests with others on campus that build and enrich our One Vanderbilt community.

2022 Chancellor Faculty Fellows

Chancellor Faculty Fellows from Previous Years


On a competitive basis, the Provost’s Office will award tenured associate professors (or of the equivalent rank in the Blair and Law Schools) the title of Chancellor Faculty Fellow. The designation will include funding of $40K a year for two fiscal years. Other resources available to the Fellow will remain in place and be budgeted separately. The funds are designed to support the professional development of the awardee. Each college will provide its own guidelines on what is and is not appropriate uses of this funding. There is one prohibition: these funds cannot be used to supplement existing contracted salary. If a college allows faculty to use this money for course buyouts, there is a cap for the amount that can be charged. That cap will be negotiated each year between each dean and the provost’s office prior to the awarding of Chancellor Faculty Fellows. If promotion to full professor occurs during the fellowship, the award will continue for its approved period. However, if an endowed chair or professorship is awarded to the Fellow that contains funds for research, that chair will replace the support provided through Chancellor Faculty Fellows Program. Candidates may be re-nominated for a second award period on a competitive basis and with a new nomination package.

As part of this award, the Chancellor Faculty Fellows will be expected to attend at least four CFF events each academic year. Events may include: dinner with the Board of Trust, lunches with university leaders, and workshops. The events will allow them to share academic interests and expertise, aimed at building interdisciplinary connections and fostering a broader intellectual community.


Eligible candidates must be full-time tenured faculty who were promoted in rank with tenure within the past five years or have their tenure effective at the start of the upcoming academic year, who do not hold an endowed chair or professorship, and who devote the majority of their effort to excellence in fundamental research, scholarship, and/or creative work are eligible for nomination.

Preference will be given to faculty who have not had an infusion of research funding through being recently hired or having been recently retained.


Only deans can nominate candidates for consideration by the provost and chancellor. Deans will work with their respective department chairs and faculty to conduct the nomination process. Other nominations will NOT be accepted.  A faculty committee will review all nominations and make recommendations to the Provost and Chancellor, who make the final decision.

Nominations must be submitted via InfoReady by Feb. 25, 2022. Questions about the Chancellor Faculty Fellows program, including the nomination process, may be directed to Tracey George, vice provost for faculty affairs (, or Jennifer Pietenpol, executive vice president for research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (

Questions? Please contact the Office of Faculty Affairs in the Office of the Provost at

Past Chancellor Faculty Fellows


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