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The Penn State Faculty Endowment Challenge

Early Career Professorships

Early Career Professorships are a critical tool in recruiting the most promising young faculty and jumpstarting their professional achievements. These awards rotate every three years to a new recipient who has completed his or her terminal degree within the last decade. The most innovative research initiatives must often secure initial results before funding from government and other outside sources becomes available, and Early Career Professorships provide seed money for investigations that may have a tremendous potential payoff and form the foundation of a successful academic career. Such awards also provide the kind of flexible funding for curricular development that enables recipients to be better teachers and members of their departments as well. The recipients of Early Career Professorships are scholars who may transform our understanding of their discipline and enhance Penn State’s profile in the academic world and beyond.

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If you haven’t already, take a look at the diagram on how the program works.

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