Early Scholars Program

Early Scholars Program

The Office of Academic Affairs is pleased to announce The Ohio State University Early Scholars Program for Autumn 2022 or Autumn 2023.

Ohio State’s Early Scholars Program is designed to attract, recruit and retain the highest caliber early-career faculty. Open to all disciplines, this program demonstrates Ohio State’s commitment to academic excellence.

Program Overview

Upon entry to the program, Scholars become part of a multidisciplinary cohort and will take part in dedicated activities focused on research and scholarship, participate in social programming, and interact with university leaders and administrators. In addition, each Scholar will receive a named professorship for the first five years of their appointment, annual research funding and a year to devote to their scholarship in which they are released from regular duties.

College Application Process

Candidates are confidentially nominated by their dean, who submits a rationale for why the candidate is outstanding and a rising star in their field. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Candidates must have a PhD or terminal degree in hand at the time of nomination. There are many measures of excellence, however, having a competing offer from a peer institution is a compelling measure. Nominations will be assessed by a faculty committee which will make a recommendation to the Office of Academic Affairs. The award is communicated to candidates by OAA following the departmental offer of hire.

In addition to attracting new recruits for the 2022-2023 academic year, Ohio State faculty who are on the tenure track, hired in the previous two years, and are considered exceptional scholars by their units may be nominated to join the inaugural cohort of Scholars.

To ensure consideration of the nomination, and before an offer is made, deans are to submit the following information, using “Early Scholars Program” in the subject line, to facultyaffairs@osu.edu as soon as a final candidate has been identified.

  • Nomination letter from the dean
    • Include an assessment of the candidate’s work and promise; explain why they are a rising scholar in their field (e.g., creativity, shaping future direction); what specific contributions do you hope the candidate will bring to the college and university; and any scholarly outcomes, including funding and publications
  • Candidate’s Curriculum Vitae
  • Candidate’s cover letter or statement of scholarship
  • Sample publications
  • Letters of recommendation from appointment packet

Per Faculty Rule 3335-6-03, appointments on the tenure track are probationary until the sixth-year review with required annual reviews.

The program

  • a named Provost’s Professorship for the first five years of their Ohio State career
  • a contribution from OAA for five years, or until promotion to associate professor (whichever comes first), to be used for research support, start-up costs, and/or to invite collaborators to campus
  • a year devoted to scholarship (releasing the Scholar from instruction and service duties; mentoring graduate students will continue)
  • participation in a multidisciplinary cohort of Scholars, which will include social and professional development events focused on research and scholarship

The Provost Early Career Scholars Program is designed to attract, recruit and retain the highest caliber early-career faculty. Open to all disciplines, this program demonstrates Ohio State’s commitment to academic excellence.

Upon entry to the program, scholars will receive research funding, become part of a multi-disciplinary cohort, and participate in dedicated programmatic activities offered by OAA to support their research and scholarship efforts, and to assist with their long-term career success at Ohio State. 

Specific benefits include:

  • $50,000 per year for five years, or until promotion to associate professor (whichever is first) of support from OAA to be used for research, start-up costs, and/or to invite collaborators to campus. 
  • Holding the Provost’s Early Career Professorship for the first five years of the scholar’s appointment.
  • A year devoted to research and scholarship (releasing the scholar from instruction and service duties; mentoring graduate students will continue).
  • Participation in the scholar’s cohort, which will include social and professional development events focused on research and scholarship.

Additional funding for research and professional development and all funding towards annual salary and benefits will be the responsibility of the tenure initiating unit.  As with all faculty, units are to provide appropriate arrangements for space and other necessary resources, including all technology. Scholars can and should be encouraged to pursue their own lines of research.

For the 2022-2023 academic year up to four (4) Ohio State faculty, who are on the tenure track and hired in the previous two academic years, may be nominated to join the inaugural cohort of Scholars.  Deans are to submit nominations for current faculty by June 15, 2022.
 

Approximately eight scholars (with no more than four (4) current Ohio State faculty for the 2022-2023 academic year cohort) will be named each year and the Scholars Program will include no more than 40 scholars at any time.

Other than limiting the program to new faculty to the university, applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis during each academic year with scholars being nominated by their dean, who before an offer is made, presents to OAA why the scholar is outstanding and is a rising scholar in their field. 

The program is designed to attract the highest caliber early-career faculty candidates from all disciplines who are considered rising scholars with exceptional promise in their respective fields (e.g., creativity, shaping future direction). There are many measures of excellence, however, having a competing offer from a peer institution may be a compelling measure.  Candidates must have a PhD or terminal degree in hand at the time of nomination.

Candidates are confidentially nominated by their dean, who submits a rationale for why the candidate is outstanding and a rising star in their field. Nominations will be assessed by a faculty committee, which will make a recommendation to OAA. The award is communicated to candidates by OAA.

To ensure consideration of the nomination, and before an offer is made, deans are to submit the following information, using “Distinguished Early Career Scholar” in the subject line, to facultyaffairs@osu.edu as soon as a final candidate has been identified.

  • Nomination letter from the dean
    • Include an assessment of the candidate’s work and promise; explain why they are a rising scholar in their field (e.g., creativity, shaping future direction); what specific contributions do you hope the candidate will bring to the college and university; and any scholarly outcomes, including funding and publications
  • Candidate’s Curriculum Vitae
  • Candidate’s cover letter or statement of scholarship
  • Sample publications
  • Letters of recommendation from appointment packet

The $50,000 annual research contribution from OAA will be provided to the Scholar at the beginning of their start date and near their anniversary date thereafter.  Any unspent funds remain with the Scholar and can be rolled over to the following academic year.  

Scholars are to use the funding for research support, start-up costs, and/or to invite collaborators to campus.  It is not to be used for salary, housing, or other personal uses, or for items unrelated to research and scholarship.