Luther Dana Waterman Professorship

About this opportunity





August 2025

Award cycle:

Funding available:

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

This program is funded by the IU Bloomington campus, and only IU Bloomington faculty are eligible.

Special Note:  Faculty who have submitted a nomination or self-nomination for the April 3, 2020 deadline are not required to resubmit their nomination or self-nomination.

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.

IU Research 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 nomination, or self-nomination, that outlines the following:
    • why the position is of interest
    • the impact of the nominee’s research and how it currently enhances the reputation of IU Bloomington
    • how the nominee’s research could have even greater impact on the future reputation of IU Bloomington
    • how the nominee will make use of the endowment funds
  • a list of the nominee's top five most significant publications and a brief description of each
  • a list of the nominee’s top five most significant external awards
  • a biosketch or brief C.V. (three pages maximum)
  • two letters of support (in addition to the letter of nomination); one of which is external to IU. Letters should identify and explain areas in which a nominee has made contributions.