Office of the Vice Provost for Research

DeadlineAward AmountAdditional InfoContact
Oct. 10, 2014

This award will fund one faculty member at $25,000 per year for five (5) years.


David L. Taylor
DLTAYLOR[at]indiana [dot] edu  

(812) 855-3931

Sherry Knighton-Schwandt
sks[at]indiana [dot] edu


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. It was, at the time, the largest gift for scientific research ever made to IU. Its 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. Waterman intended his gift to be used for general scientific research, covering as wide a field as possible. In all, nearly two dozen researchers have been supported by Waterman’s gift. Their research has included the climate and topography of Indiana, the origin and morphology of maize, celestial mechanics, the life cycle of gall wasps, the physical properties of radium, and more.


Applicants can either be self-nominated or nominated by another individual.


This award is for IU Bloomington only. The ideal candidate will be a visionary scientist with an exemplary record of scholarship and research in the sciences, broadly defined.

How to Apply

To make a nomination, please submit a letter of interest to The lettter should outline why the position is of interest and how the nominee will make use of the endowed professorship to advance scientific research on the IU Bloomington campus.