Faculty Support

The College of Arts & Sciences (A&S) at the University of Miami is a community of scholars and students who cultivate personal commitments to lifelong learning, intellectual growth, and the enduring values of the liberal arts.



With substantial research funding from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and a number of other public and private sponsors, UM’s College of Arts & Sciences is a leader in research and scholarship. Academic analytics ranks the majority of our programs among the best in the country.

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A&S is home to hundreds of full-time faculty representing the very top of their fields. The following information describes programs the College has developed to help A&S faculty achieve continuous success.


The College of Arts & Sciences recognizes the excellence of its teachers, scholars, and researchers. These awards recognize outstanding A&S faculty.

Cooper Fellowship
The fellowship is a three-year appointment including an annual research fund of $15,000. Three Cooper Fellows are chosen based on excellence in contributing to our core missions of scholarship, teaching and service.

Gabelli Senior Scholar
The Gabelli Senior Scholar Award recognizes a faculty member at the associate professor level for interdisciplinary scholarship, outstanding contributions to the College and the University, and exceptional promise of future success. This three-year appointment includes an annual research allocation of $5,000.


robin bachin with studentsIn addition to the College, the University provides funding for research through two main programs:

– Provost’s Research Awards
– Multi-School Programs to Seed Interdisciplinary Research





A&S fosters programs that help incubate research and develop scholarship across disciplines. We ensure that our faculty have adequate time to engage in their research, scholarship and creative endeavors, including professional development.

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Convergence Research Groups
Convergence groups test original research ideas that address some of the grand challenges facing humanity in this century. Funding is available for convergence projects up to $60,000 in direct costs per year. Read the full policy here: Request for Proposals - Convergence Research Groups

Start-up, Seed and Bridge Funding
Start-up funding is available to help new faculty establish a research agenda. Seed funding invigorates scholarly productivity with smaller grants to pursue new research or to complete ongoing projects. Bridge funding provides temporary support when grant funding has ceased and there is a reasonable expectation of future funding. Read the full policy here: Policy on Seed and Bridge Funding to Support Faculty Research

Funding for Travel to Meet with Program Officers in DC
Funding is available for travel to Washington, DC, to meet with program officers in federal funding agencies.

Funding for Travel to Attend Grant Writing Workshops
Funding is allocated to attend grant writing workshops organized by federal agencies, such as NIH, NSF, NEH, etc.

Program to Support Faculty Career Progression Post-Tenure
Recently tenured professors are provided with guidance, resources and support at this juncture. Read the full policy here: Program to Support Faculty Career Progression Post-Tenure

Junior Faculty Leave
All tenure-track A&S faculty are eligible to apply for a one-semester leave to support research efforts during their probationary period. Read the full policy here: Pre-Tenure Faculty Research Leave Policy

Leaves and Supplemental Salary for Fellowships and Scholarships
Support is given for faculty members whose main source of extramural funding comes from fellowships and scholarships. Read the full policy here: College Policy on Leaves and Supplemental Salary for Fellowships/Scholarships

Funding for Travel to international conferences to present their work
Up to $1,500 can be requested for travel to make presentations at international conferences. Read the full policy here: International Travel Award


The College recognizes that developing proposals and manuscripts for publication can be a complex process; thus, we have established programs to enlist external reviewers and provide support funding for faculty publishing needs.

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External Reviewer Program
Assists A&S Principal Investigators who are writing proposals of more than $50,000 for submission to a major agency (e.g., NIH, NSF, NEH, DOE, etc.), with an honorarium for senior scholars from other universities who review their proposals to help strengthen the application. Read the full policy here: External Reviewer Policy

Proposal Editing Program
Covers editing services from qualifed service providers prior to submission of the proposal by junior faculty who are writing proposals of $50,000 or greater for submission to a major agency (e.g. NIH, NSF, NEH, DOE, etc.). Read the full policy here: Proposal Editing Policy

Review of Book-Length Manuscripts before Submission
Assists faculty in the final stages of manuscript preparation (before submission to a press) with funding to solicit an extensive reader’s report from an expert in the pertinent research area. Read the full policy here: Book Manuscript Review Policy

Publication Support Fund
Funding support to tenured and tenure-track faculty for costs associated with publication. These costs include, but are not limited to, publication subvention, page charges, and copyright fees, excluding indexing costs and cost associated with preparation of bibliographies. Read the full policy here: Faculty Publication Support Fund Policy‌  


Innovation in education is strongly supported throughout the College. Funding and support are available, and faculty members are encouraged to involve outside experts to enhance teaching and learning.

Funding Available for Pedagogy Workshops
Funding of $2,000 per department is available for workshops that explore new instructional strategies or techniques. Read the full policy here: Call for Pedagogy Workshop 2019-2020

Hybrid and Flipped Course Support
Faculty who want to transform an existing course using the hybrid (or blended: in person and online) or flipped model can be supported with a $500 research award in order to increase the variety of courses available to our students.  For additional information about the instructional resources available for A&S faculty, please contact Academic Technologies.

Summer Writing Institute
The Summer Writing Institute provides full-time faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences with tools and strategies to further integrate writing instruction into content-based classes.students studying the human skull with Professor McCabe

The Summer Writing Institute is based on the philosophy that writing provides a unique way of both learning and understanding discipline-specfic information. Participants receive a $1,500 stipend. The Institute selects fellows from across disciplines to participate in a 5-day workshop designed to provide tools and strategies for weaving meaningful writing tasks into their courses. The Institute is conducted by writing faculty who will continue to provide support to the fellows throughout the fall semester as they implement changes to their classes.


The College provides professional development and research support for lecturers and senior lecturers. Funding important opportunities for career enhancement brings new knowledge to the classroom and allows A&S lecturers to realize their scholarly and artistic ambitions.

Travel to Conferences
Up to $600 is availabe for lecturers to attend conferences or their equivalents (e.g., workshops, roundtables, panels) at which they will present and/or discuss their work. Read the full policy here: College Policy to Assist Lecturers

Summer Research Support
The College will fund up to five summer research awards of $2,000 each. Depending on the type of research, the lecturer may partner with a tenure-track faculty member. Read the full policy here: College Policy to Assist Lecturers