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About the Award

The Daniel I. Linzer Awards for Faculty Excellence in Diversity and Equity celebrates exemplar individuals or groups who are working collaboratively to build a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable climate at Northwestern University.

Awards will be made by nomination of a faculty member or members. Nominations should clearly demonstrate how the individual or group has led an effort, initiative, or project to build greater diversity, inclusion, and equity in areas including but not limited to sex, gender identity or expression, race, ethnicity, disability, socioeconomic status, age, political affiliation, religion, philosophy, or sexual orientation. Projects should demonstrate a positive and collaborative approach to achieving this goal.

Award Amount

Up to two awards in the amount of $5,000 (taxable) will be made each year.


Faculty of all ranks and lines, departments, or programs are eligible for nomination, as are joint nominations for initiatives that involve two or more faculty members, units or departments.

Any member of the Northwestern community (student, faculty, trainee, staff, or alum) may nominate a faculty member, unit, or department.

Nomination Process

Submit your nomination using the on-line submission form. Note that you will also be required to download and submit the Endorsement Form with all required signatures through the on-line submission form. Nominations for 2019-2020 are due on November 1, 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact Joan Marie Johnson,

Awards are announced in winter quarter. The Award funds will be transferred as a faculty Add Pay (taxable) in spring quarter.

In addition to the award program described above, seed grant funding is also available to support new and innovative courses, programs, initiatives, and events that will enhance Northwestern's education of undergraduate students or climate of faculty recruitment, hiring, development, and retention. For information on these funding opportunities, please visit the Provost Grants for Innovation in Diversity and Equity page.