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Awards & Endowments


Note: All award application submissions (except for the NEH and the Open Textbook Initiative) will take place in Digital Measures Workflow. Application deadlines are for the faculty applicant's submission of materials. Awards that require recommendations by the school director or dean will be reviewed after the submission deadline.

Click here to access Digital Measures, then Click on Workflow. Contact Allison%20Gillespie with questions. The Digital Measures Portal for award applications will open on September 9, 2020.

NEH Summer Stipends

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipends aid scholars conducting humanities research toward the production of articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, or editions, etc. The stipends provide $6,000 for two consecutive, uninterrupted months of full-time research and writing.

The USM Office of the Provost will supplement an awarded NEH stipend with a variable sum which, in combination with the NEH stipend, equals the awardee's established summer teaching salary as determined by faculty rank.

Faculty Application Submission Deadline:  The deadline has passed.


University Faculty Fellows

The University Faculty Fellows is a new fellowship program that will acknowledge members of the Corps of Instruction who contribute significantly to the Vision 2020 ideals and/or those of our institutional mission, vision, and values.



Aubrey Keith Lucas and Ella Ginn Lucas Endowment for Faculty Excellence Awards

This endowment was established in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Aubrey K. Lucas to support and reward faculty excellence in instruction and research. In an effort to support faculty, the endowment can be used for travel, laboratory expenses, wages, books, audiovisuals, or other sources. Proposals for the endowment can involve topics as related to instruction and/or research.  A final report is not required.

DEADLINE (note, this deadline is for the faculty member to submit their application for review by the school director and college dean recommendations):  

Faculty Application Submission Deadline: The deadline for this has passed.


IHL Award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion

The IHL Award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion recognizes a faculty member or a staff member who has demonstrated positive advancement of diversity on campus and within the University community. Each Mississippi IHL university, as well as the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture, Forestry, and Veterinary Medicine, will submit one nomination for consideration of the state award. The state-wide recipient and the other university nominees will be recognized at the IHL Board meeting in February 2021.  Nominations can be submitted by any faculty member, staff member, or student.

FACULTY - applications are submitted via Digital Measures.
STAFF - applications are submitted via email to allison.gillespieFREEMississippi

Application Submission Deadline (extended):  Friday, October 16, 2020


Summer Grants for the Improvement of Instruction

For the 2021 Summer Grants for the Improvement of Instruction (SGII), the Office of the Provost calls for proposals from faculty for the redesign of undergraduate courses to incorporate High-Impact Practices (HIPs) that have been demonstrated to improve student learning, increase student involvement in their educational process, and enhance motivation to continue advancing their knowledge and experience.

Faculty Application Submission Deadline: Monday, October 26, 2020


Sabbatical and Leave Requests

Not available for 2021-22 

Applications for all leave requests are submitted to the Office of the Provost from the deans.  Sabbatical leaves are awarded to faculty members for professional improvement and to assist faculty in achieving promotion in academic rank and enhance professional development and scholarly reputation. The awarding of sabbatical leaves is contingent upon available funding.



Excellence in University Service Award

The "Excellence in University Service Award" is given to a faculty member who has excelled in (non-administrative) service to the university community.  

Faculty Application Submission Deadline: Monday, November 16, 2020


Excellence in University Teaching Award

The "Excellence in University Teaching Award" recognizes a faculty member with a record of exceptional teaching.  

Faculty Application Submission Deadline: Monday, November 16, 2020


Excellence in University Librarianship Award

The "Excellence in University Librarianship Award" recognizes a faculty member who has significantly contributed in the practice of librarianship through excellent performance that enhances the dissemination of knowledge and through the advancement of learning.  The Excellence in Librarianship Award is presented every other year (even-numbered years). 

Faculty Application Submission Deadline: This will be awarded again in 2022.


Open Textbook Initiative

To support faculty in their efforts to replace traditional commercial textbooks with academically equivalent alternatives that are available at no cost to students.

Faculty Application Submission Deadline:  Friday, November 20, 2020


Faculty Senate Junior Faculty Awards

The Junior Faculty Awards were created to recognize outstanding assistant professors early in their careers at Southern Miss. Award categories are for excellence in teaching, creativity, and research. Qualified faculty members may apply for multiple awards but can only receive the award once in any category. If you are applying for more than one Junior Faculty Award, the application materials for each award should be submitted in a separate file. Submit all materials (vita, summary, and letters) for each award in one pdf file.  The awardees will be recognized during the Faculty Awards Ceremony.  

Faculty Application Submission Deadline:  Monday, January 25, 2021


Nina Bell Suggs Endowed Professorship

The Nina Bell Suggs Endowed Professorship was established to recognize an outstanding junior faculty member. Based on available funds, the Suggs Professorship will be awarded annually to a junior faculty (untenured tenure-track assistant professor) for outstanding accomplishment and professional promise. The recipient of the award will use the title “Nina Bell Suggs Professor” until the faculty member is promoted to associate professor or until the faculty member leaves the University. The amount of the professorship is based on the annual spending allocation from the endowment and it will fluctuate from year to year. Should funding not be available, the professorship may not be awarded. 

Faculty Application Submission Deadline:  Thursday, January 28, 2021


Academic Excellence Awards Through the Southern Miss Fund



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