Distinguished Achievement in Research Award

The Office of the Provost is pleased to solicit nominations from members of the Main Campus tenure-line faculty for its 2020 Faculty Research Awards.

Distinguished Achievement in Research:  Recognizes a single distinguished achievement in scholarship and research.  We do not wish to impose excessive limits on the kinds of achievements suitable for recognition. However, the types of achievement envisaged include the winning of a prestigious book prize, the receipt of distinguished awards from one’s peers, or the receipt of a major center grant. It is expected that such achievements will be relatively recent, certainly within the last five years.  Junior as well as senior faculty may be nominated for this award.  A maximum of one award per year will be made. If circumstances warrant, this award can be received more than once. 

Nominations made to the program remain active for three years (or two beyond the year in which the nomination is made) unless the individual is selected for an award in a given year.

Each recipient will receive a $10,000 cash prize, an award, and presentation and recognition at a University-wide Ceremony in the Fall. The most valuable prize, however, will be the recognition of achievement awarded by colleagues.

Eligibility: Only Main Campus tenure-line faculty may be nominated for either award.

Nomination process: Ordinary members of the Main Campus faculty should submit their nominations for either award to the Office of the Provost via internalgrants@georgetown.edu.

The nominating officials/departments should provide a letter of nomination, a current version of the candidate’s vita, up to two additional letters from prominent scholars in the field of the candidate, and scholarly materials sufficient to allow evaluation of his/her merits. Nominators and supporting letters should explain the significance of awards or honors that the candidate has received. Occasionally more than one member in a department or unit is eligible and can be nominated. The materials should be submitted to the Internal Grants email address at internalgrants@georgetown.edu; Hard copy materials such as books or journals can be submitted directly to the Vice Provost for Research. Supporting materials from other individuals or institutions may also be submitted to internalgrants@georgetown.edu.    

Review process: Recipient of the award will be selected by the Faculty Research Awards Committee. The Committee has the option of declining to make the award in a given year if, in its judgment, no nomination is sufficiently compelling.

Deadline: April 15, 2021

2019 Recipients of the Faculty Research Awards

Distinguished Achievement in Research Award: Adam Rothman, Professor of History

Adam Rothman of Georgetown’s History Department, was awarded the 2019 Distinguished Achievement in Research Award for his book Beyond Freedom’s Reach: A Kidnapping in the Twilight of Slavery (Harvard University Press).

The book portrays emancipation in the U.S. Civil War by telling the story of a slave woman’s determination to be reunited with her kidnapped children, held in Cuba by their former owner.

Beyond Freedom’s Reach has won a number of prestigious awards already, each one of which is noteworthy in itself.  It has cemented Adam’s national reputation as a leading historian of slavery and emancipation, which has been built on a series of scholarly achievements, as well as his leading role as a member of the Georgetown Working Group on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation.

Adam’s work resulted in his appointment last Fall as the Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Kluge Center of the Library of Congress.  This highly selective program attests to Adam’s stature in the field, and the contribution his work has made to our understanding of slavery and its enduring legacy.