UB Exceptional Scholar: Young Investigator Award
- Untenured scholars who received their terminal degree within
the past eight years are eligible. A Young Investigator Award may
be received only once.
- The work must have garnered public and/or professional
accolades beyond the norm for other bodies of work in the
- Evidence of such acclaim for a single piece of scholarship
would include, but not be limited to, first or acknowledged primary
authorship of a lead article in a recognized top journal (hereafter
referred to as tier one) for the scholar's area, publication,
creation or performance of a work that is universally acclaimed, or
completion of the work under the auspices of a highly prestigious
- Evidence of exceptional scholarship could also come from a
sustained record of tier one publications or other scholarly
endeavors over a 2 - 3 year period.
- Departments should consult with the Associate Dean for Faculty
Affairs to discuss the candidacy of an individual.
- The department should begin the process of compiling the
dossier as soon as possible after notifying the Dean's Office.
Please allow ample time to send requests and receive responses from
outside evaluators and obtain the appropriate supporting
- An initial copy of the final dossier should be given to the
Dean's Office as soon as it is complete (but no later than the
first working day in February). The dossier will be reviewed,
recommendations will be made for any changes and the notated copy
will be returned to the department.
- Once the department has made corrections, the original dossier
and 3 copies should be returned to the Dean's Office for review by
the School's awards committee. The Awards Committee will review and
vote on the nomination and forward their decision to the Dean.
- The dossiers must be delivered to the Provost's Office no later
than March 1st.
Nomination to include (in the following order)
- Chair's Letter (2-3 pages) that
- provides a critical analysis and clear argument (including
appropriate documentation, citation reports, etc.) that
substantiates the merit of the candidate's work as outlined in
bullet two of Criteria above.
- refers to and explains the professional significance of Awards,
fellowships and/or major grants that are beyond the norm for the
- Candidate's Vita
- Evaluator letters from authorities in the field - submit a
minimum of two letters from distinguished, disinterested
individuals addressing the importance of the candidate's work and
their impact on the field
SPHHP Due Date