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Applications for the 2021 Macy Faculty Scholars Program are closed.

The 2021 program brochure provides full details about eligibility, the selection criteria, and the application process for the Macy Faculty Scholars Program. All applications must be completed and submitted online.

Macy Faculty Scholars are mid-career nursing and medical school faculty who are committed to careers in health professional education, are innovators, and have shown promise as future leaders.

Candidates must be nominated by the dean of their school of medicine or nursing, which must commit to protecting at least 50 percent of the candidate’s time to pursue an educational change project at their institution. Candidates must be doctorally prepared, have served for five or more years as a full-time faculty member, and be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or its territories. Candidates must also identify a senior faculty member who will serve as the candidate’s mentor and provide advice on their project and career development. A nursing or medical school with a first-year Macy Faculty Scholar is precluded from nominating a candidate the subsequent year.

A recording of the informational webinar held for interested applicants on December 9, 2020, is available here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Since launching the program, we have received many good questions from interested parties. The most common of these questions are answered here. If your questions are not among those answered below, please contact us.

What makes a strong candidate for the program?

Please see the program brochure for a description of the full selection criteria. Briefly, a strong candidate will have demonstrated commitment to a career as an educator in the health professions, show early promise as an educator and leader (both within their institution and nationally), reflect innovation and creativity in their career to date, and have a record of scholarly work in education. Strong candidates also have supportive institutions that are fertile environments for educational innovation. The merit of the candidate's proposed project and its likelihood of influencing national trends in health professions education is also a consideration.

How do I find out what areas of educational innovations the Foundation is most interested in?

The Our Priorities section of this website lists the principal interests of the Foundation. The candidate's project must address one or more of the Foundation's priority areas.

If I applied for the program in a past year and was not selected, am I allowed to re-apply?

Yes — there have been numerous successful applicants who applied for the program more than once before ultimately being selected.

Our university has both a medical school and a nursing school. Can we nominate one candidate from each school?

Yes, you may nominate one candidate from each school.

What rank would be considered "mid-career"?

While we do not have a strict upper limit on rank or years of service in defining mid-career, we expect likely candidates to be at the late assistant professor through associate professor rank.

What do you mean by "doctorally prepared"?

Eligible candidates must have a doctoral degree (e.g., MD, PhD, DNP, EdD).

Must a candidate be a doctorally-prepared faculty member when the application is submitted or when the appointment begins?

All candidates must be doctorally prepared at the time the application is received by the Foundation.

Can schools of pharmacy, dentistry, or public health nominate candidates for the program?

No, only deans of United States accredited nursing schools, allopathic medical schools, or osteopathic medical schools may nominate a candidate from their faculty.

Can an academic medical center be the sponsoring institution?

The candidate can of course work in both a school and a medical center, but the nomination must come from the dean of a medical or nursing school and not from the academic medical center itself.

I see that candidates must have served as a faculty member for a minimum of five years in order to be eligible. Does time spent as a part-time faculty member count toward this five-year minimum?

Eligible candidates must have at least five years of full-time faculty experience.

I have more than five years of faculty experience, however, at different schools. Can I apply?

Yes, you are eligible. In general, we expect the applicant to be at their institution for more than five years. However, the decision to nominate a candidate must come from the dean of the school, who is best positioned to determine the most qualified candidate.

We are a new medical school, less than five years old. Can we still nominate a candidate?

If your medical school or nursing school has been in existence for less than five years, you may still nominate a candidate, provided the candidate has already been a full-time faculty member for five or more years in a United States accredited school, which can include time at your school.

Can the candidate's mentor be located at an outside institution?

Yes, if there is a strong justification for choosing a mentor outside the school, and it can be demonstrated that having an external mentor will not compromise the candidate’s project or impede mentorship and professional development at the candidate's institution.

Should the educational innovation being proposed be accompanied by a budget that includes existing or potential funding sources?

Not necessarily. The Macy Faculty Scholars Program supports the time of the individual. Additional associated costs would be borne by the educational institution or through independent funding. Evidence of strong institutional support, however, will make for a stronger application.

Can the Scholar grant be supplemented by other funding for the project?

Yes, other funding — be it private, public, or in-kind — may be contributed to the proposed Scholar’s project. This should be noted on the application.

Is the award up to $100K, or $100K?

The award provides salary support of up to $100,000 (plus fringe) per year for two years. The award also includes some additional funding for program-related travel. We recognize that in some cases this award amount may provide for more than 50% protected time for the Scholar to pursue a mentored educational project. Alternately, if the $100k per year of salary support from the award does not fully cover 50% of a Scholar's time, we expect the Scholar's institution to make up the difference to ensure at least 50% protection of the Scholar's time. 

Do you fund indirect costs?

Indirect costs are not funded as part of the award. It is expected that the Scholar’s institution will cover indirect costs as an in-kind contribution.  

What do you include in fringe benefits?

This is intended to fund the institution’s standard benefit package.

How many awards will be given?

Up to five awards will be given annually.

Who should fill out and submit the application?

Only the candidate should fill out and submit the online application.

The application asks for a Statement of Career Objectives that does not exceed 7,600 characters and a Project Description that does not exceed 10,000 characters. Are spaces included in these character counts?

Yes, for all character counts spaces are included. 

Should I include citations or references in my application? If so, where would I include them, and do they count toward the character limit?

References are not mandatory, though we have found that including them generally strengthens a candidate's application. If you wish to include references, you can include them in the project description field of the application. Because references count toward the character limit, we do not require full academic citations; the title of the article, the first author, and the publication are usually sufficient, just as long as the reader can readily determine what work is being cited.

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