Luther Dana Waterman Professorship

About this opportunity


IU Bloomington


David L. Taylor,

Sherry Knighton-Schwandt, Executive Director of Research Development,


To be announced

Award cycle:

Funding available:

$25,000 per year for five (5) years

In 1915, Indianapolis physician and IU School of Medicine Professor Emeritus Luther Dana Waterman gave Indiana University $100,000 to establish an endowment to support scientific research. The first beneficiary was Professor Arthur L. Foley, chair of the department of physics in 1917. Today, Waterman’s gift supports the work of Richard Shiffrin, Distinguished Professor and Luther Dana Waterman Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at IU Bloomington.

OVPR and IU Bloomington established a second Luther Dana Waterman Professorship to support an outstanding early-career professor working in the sciences, broadly defined.

Read more about the first recipient of the Luther Dana Waterman Professorship for early-career faculty


  • Current IU Bloomington faculty only
  • Must be early-career faculty member who is one to five years post-tenure
  • Must have exemplary record of scholarship and research in the sciences, broadly defined


$25,000 per year for five (5) years

Application requirements

  • a letter of interest outlining why the position is of interest and how nominee will make use of the endowment to advance scientific research on the IU Bloomington campus
  • a list of the nominee’s top five most significant publications
  • a list of the nominee’s top five most significant external awards
  • a comprehensive CV
  • two letters of support, one of which is not affiliated with the nominee’s home department. Letters should identify and explain areas in which nominee has made contributions.