Call for Proposal: Edward A. Dickson Emeriti Professorship Award 2023-2024

The UC Davis Emeriti Association (UCDEA) cordially invites emeriti/ae to apply for the Edward A. Dickson Emeriti Professorship Award for 2023-2024. Retired professors with emeritus status in the following title classifications are eligible to apply; professor, professor in residence, professor of clinical __, health sciences clinical professor and adjunct professor.

The Dickson Award is an endowed fund that provides support to emeriti/ae professors for their teaching, research and/or public service. Separate endowments support these professorships at each UC campus, the award is administered separately on each campus. At UC Davis, the UCDEA administers these awards in collaboration with the Vice Provost Academic Affair’s office. The sum of $20,000 is available to successful applicants in 2023-2024. One or more awards may be presented, up to the $20,000 limit.

Proposals are to be submitted electronically to the UCDEA Awards and Recognition Committee, in care of the UC Davis Retiree Center,, by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 28, 2023.


Award Duration and Report

The term of the Edward A. Dickson Emeriti Professorship is one year, beginning on October 1 and ending on September 30 of the following year. A report of accomplishments that have resulted from the professorship will be expected at the end of this period.



Edward A. Dickson served as a Regent of the University of California from 1913 to 1946, the longest tenure
of any regent. In 1955, Mr. Dickson presented the university with an endowment to support and maintain
special annual professorships to be awarded to retired academic senate faculty members. The award is
described in the gift document as follows:

“For the support and maintenance of special annual Professorships in the University of
California to which shall be appointed by the President, with approval of The Regents, persons
of academic rank who have been retired after service in the University of California and who
shall receive such awards in addition to their retirement or pension allowances. Awards shall
be made upon such conditions of service, research, or teaching as The Regents may require.
Professorships so awarded shall be known as the Edward A. Dickson Emeriti Professorships.”


Proposal Preparation

The Edward A. Dickson Emeriti Professorship can be used for direct research or project expenses. For
example, the funds could be used to explore new ideas in research, teaching, and/or public service for which
time and/or funds were not available while a member of the active faculty. Proposals should clearly indicate
how the applicant would use the Emeriti Professorship in accordance with the intent of the donor for support
of teaching, research, and/or public service. Proposals should be concise, but with enough detail to allow
careful evaluation. Proposals must include a budget indicating how the funds would be used with a brief
justification for categories such as salaries, supplies, and travel. The highest priority will be given to proposals
that clearly benefit the campus and for which funding is not available from other sources. Additional
guidelines are listed in the Guidelines for Proposal Preparation document.


Review Process

The UCDEA Awards and Recognition Committee will review all proposals, select one or more awardees and
make a recommendation to the UCDEA Executive Committee for final recommendation at its June meeting.
Recommendations will then be forwarded to the provost’s office for final approval and appointment to the
professorship. Awardees will be notified no later then the end August.

For Further Information

Please send your inquiries to the Retiree Center at who will forward them to the
UCDEA Awards and Recognition Committee for a response.




Past Recipients