Provost’s Early Career Cohort Fellowship Awards, 2020

Program Description

We are seeking departmental applications for the inaugural 2020 Provost’s Early Career Cohort Fellowship Awards. Our aim is to support departments in exploring new hiring models that:

(1) identify candidates with early promise and talent from atypical backgrounds; and
(2) invest in their career development and professional growth.

The ultimate goal of this initiative is to increase the number of faculty who will further UT’s critical goals of diversity, equity, and inclusiveness by attracting and hiring candidates with outstanding scholarly records, as well as knowledge and experience in the issues and practices of diversity, equity and/or inclusion.

Ideal departmental or college/school plans should reflect creative, risky, and out-of-the-box thinking when designing recruitment and training strategies for their cohorts and in a way that is suited for hiring success in their specific discipline. Applications (< 5 pages) will be collected on a rolling basis, starting August 21. Applications should be submitted to the respective college/school dean; only proposals approved by deans will be reviewed. Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee, and departments will be notified within two weeks of submission.

Selected departments will recruit cohorts of one to three Early Career Fellows for a two- or three-year appointment. After that two- or three-year period, the Provost’s Office will provide a faculty line from the applying college/school for a future strategic hire for a qualified candidate that fits within the department’s strategic hiring goals. The resources to fund the Provost’s Early Career Fellowships will be garnered from this future faculty line. Three or four departments will be selected as participants for this pilot round. The funding package that the Fellows ultimately receive will provide funds to cover a competitive stipend (department-dependent), fringe benefits, relocation funds, travel funds, and discretionary funds. Provost’s Early Career Fellows will participate in a postdoctoral mentoring program as part of the larger fellowship awardees community. Faculty/staff who lead recruitment and application processes and/or serve as an internal point of contact for the departmental cohorts should be rewarded in a concrete way to incentivize their commitment to the program.

In this model, the Provost’s Office will select participating departments that will receive a Provost’s Early Career Cohort Fellowship Award to fund their Early Career Fellows. However, the participating departments will recruit, select, and mentor their own Provost’s Early Career Fellows. The Provost’s Office will complement the department’s mentoring with an Early Career Mentoring Program that they will develop for all of the participating Fellows. The Early Career Mentoring Program will also be open to interested postdoctoral candidates on campus.

Questions regarding the application process or requests to discuss the planning process should be directed to Dr. Edmund T. Gordon, Vice Provost for Diversity ( or Dr. Lydia Contreras, Provost’s Faculty Leadership Fellow (

2020 Provost’s Early Career Cohort Fellowship Awards

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