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Award Info

Applications Open
November 5, 2020
Applications Close
January 4, 2021
Notification Date
Award Contact
  1. Program Overview

    The UCF Reach for the Stars Award honors and rewards highly successful research and creative activity accomplished by early-career university professionals.

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  2. Funding

    Award recipient(s) will receive:
    • A $10,000 annual research grant for three years; and
    • The right to be called a UCF Reach for the Stars award recipient.


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  3. Eligibility

    To be eligible for a UCF Reach for the Stars Award, an applicant:
    • Must hold the rank of assistant professor; and
    • Achieved notable research and/or creative activity of national impact.
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  4. Application

    Applications for the UCF Reach for the Stars award include:
    • Letter of nomination from the applicant or from a UCF sponsor
    • Current curriculum vitae (include best contact number)
    • Endorsement letter by the chair, director, or unit head (if applicable)
      • Endorsement may include a 250-word statement of support
    • Endorsement letter by the dean or vice president
      • Endorsement may include a 250-word statement of support
    • Letters of support (no more than three and 500 words each) from faculty members, staff members, alumni, or professional and community colleagues.

    Application packets shall be submitted, as one combined PDF (no portfolios please) in the order listed above to Faculty Excellence, at

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  5. Evaluation and Awards Process

    These awards are determined by the president and do not normally exceed five per year. All applicants will be notified of the outcome.

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  6. Awardees

    2019-20 Awardees

    Reach for the Stars Awardees

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