Key Due Dates

The Mann Stearns Award must be utilized between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023. The application and selection period is as follows:

  • Pre-Approval due: March 11, 2022
  • Final Applications due to ORCS: April 11, 2022

Please submit your Internal Funding Proposal - Pre-Approval Form to the Office of Research and Creative Scholarship by March 11, 2022. For information and instructions on ORCS’s K2-based pre-approval form, please click here.

A Note About COVID-19

While restrictions continue for on-campus and in-person activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Emerson College remains committed to supporting faculty research, scholarship, and creative work through its internal grant programs. Nonetheless, applicants are reminded that the College can make no guarantees about providing extensions if an award is not fully utilized by the project cycle end date (June 30, 2022). Proposals should thus be carefully considered in light of current restrictions in planned destinations.


Several years ago, the late Dr. Norman Stearns and Irma Mann Stearns established a distinguished faculty award in their name to honor a full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty member in recognition of outstanding scholarly or creative achievement. A $3,000 award is presented annually to one applicant. This funding may be used to enhance an ongoing project or for the development of a new scholarly or creative endeavor. Travel is strongly encouraged to be a part of the project activity.


Full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty members are eligible to apply for the Mann Stearns Distinguished Faculty Award.


In evaluating proposals, the committee will consider:

  • The applicant’s scholarly or creative achievement(s);
  • The quality, merits, feasibility, of the project for which the award funds will be used;
  • The inclusion of travel as a necessary component of the project; and
  • Publications, DVDs, or other supporting material.

Review Process

All applications will be reviewed by the Faculty Development and Research Council (FDRC), and with input from department Chairs, school Deans, and Academic Affairs. Applicants must complete and submit a pre-approval form before the application deadline in order to identify and define the proposal’s potential impact on College resources. The FDRC will make the final recommendations to the Provost for funding.

AY22–23 Calendar

Date Event
February 23, 2022 Norman & Irma Mann Stearns Distinguished Faculty Award is announced.
March 11, 2022 Internal Pre-Approval Form due to ORCS
April 11, 2022 Application forms due to orcs [at]
By April 22, 2022 The FDRC will evaluate all proposals and make recommendations to the Provost for funding.
By May 3, 2022 The Provost, in consideration of the recommendations provided by the FDRC, will make final selections.
By May 6, 2022 Recipient(s) are notified that they are receiving the award.
July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023 Grant Period
June 15, 2023 Receipts for expenditures needing reimbursement must be submitted via Workday by this date.

Application Instructions

  1. Upon acceptance of the pre-approval form, ORCS will email applicants the Mann Stearns application form
  2. Applicants should fill out the application, save it, and email it back to orcs [at]
  3. Applicants may include supplemental materials (publications, PDFs, media) that support their proposals with their submissions
  4. In addition to the application form and supplemental materials, a curriculum vita should be included with each submission

Final Progress Report Requirement

A final written report is not required, but the successful applicant is expected to meet with members of the Mann Stearns family and other members of Emerson College to discuss the final outcome and deliverables.