The Distinguished Achievement in Arts and Humanities Research Award recognizes distinguished achievement in humanities scholarship and work in the creative, visual and performing arts.  

Eligibility and Criteria

All current tenure-track, research track or clinical faculty members with a 50 percent or greater appointment are eligible for these awards.  Self-nominations are not allowed. Deans, DEOs, department chairs/heads, supervisors, and other senior faculty or staff may serve as nominators. 

Competitive nominees will address impact in more than one of the criteria listed below:

  • Superior scholarship as evidenced by highly cited, influential publications; 
  • Significant publication or creative work (composition, play, monograph, etc,); 
  • Receipt of distinguished awards from one's peers or professional societies;
  • Presentation or exhibition of significant work in the creative, visual or performing arts; and/or
  • Editorial board membership of a peer-reviewed journal; external peer recognition of scholarly or creative accomplishment. 

Nomination and Selection Process

Required Documentation:

  • ​​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. Letters of support should each be no more than one page in length and address the criteria listed above.
  • CV (up to 10 pages).

A selection committee comprised of leaders from within the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), Research Council, and UI faculty will be appointed to evaluate nominations.

Submission Process and Deadline

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, February 4, 2020. Recipients will be announced in April.

CLICK HERE to begin the submission process. Click "Apply" and sign-in with your Hawk ID and password through the blue "University of Iowa Login" button.  If you have problems or questions, contact Cheryl Ridgeway ( / 319-384-3332) in the OVPR well ahead of the deadline.  

Award Details

  • 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.
  • All recipients will be recognized on our Dare to Discover - Research Awards & Recognition page to highlight their accomplishments.