This award honors Postdoctoral Research Scholar/Fellow ((FP01, FP02) research performance and scholarly activity that is recognized as highly original work and makes a significant contribution to the field. Eligible Scholars/Fellows shall have completed a minimum of three years of postdoctoral research in the current position.


  1. Research accomplishments during the applicant’s current program of study,
  2. Quality of research and scholarly activity, and
  3. Quality of a research presentation to the selection committee. The top three candidates are required to give a research presentation to the selection committee.


Nomination, selection, and announcement process

  • This award process is conducted annually in partnership with the Research Council and the Graduate College.
  • Nomination Process
    • ​​Letter of Nomination - Attach a brief description, NO MORE THAN 750 words in length, describing the nominee’s qualifications and accomplishments.
    • Up to three confidential letters of endorsement [Letters of support from a variety of constituents, UI and non-UI (e.g., experts in the field), will have a greater impact].
    • CV (up to 10 pages).
  • A selection committee will be appointed to evaluate nominations with respect to the award criteria.  The selection committee will comprise leaders from within the Office of the Vice President for Research & Economic Development, the Research Council and the Graduate College.
  • Nomination Form


Each recipient will receive:

  • A prize of $1,000 and a commemorative gift.
  • Recipients will be recognized formally at the Celebrating Excellence: The University of Iowa Discovery & Innovation Awards Ceremony that highlights research and innovation achievements (April 3, 2014 at Hotel Vetro).
  • All recipients will be recognized on our Dare to Discover - Research Awards & Recognition page to highlight their accomplishments.