The Philip L. Dowd Fellowship is awarded to a faculty member in engineering to recognize educational contributions and to encourage the undertaking of an educational project such as textbook writing, educational technology development, laboratory experience improvement, educational software, or course and curriculum development.

The Dowd Fellowship Award usually consists of a memento and a discretionary fund to support the nominee's education project.

This fund can be used for salary support (subject to the normal College of Engineering and Carnegie Mellon rules for summer salary support), editing, travel, reproduction fees, graphic services, etc.

The appointment and the right to hold the Dowd Fellow title is for one calendar year (beginning the January after the award is given) and may be awarded to a previous holder after a three-year lapse. This award will be given annually (if appropriate).


The basis for selection will be excellence in education as measured by:

  • teaching accomplishment and innovation
  • educational contributions
  • merit of the proposed educational project



Any faculty member is eligible for the nomination from his or her department head. In addition, former Dowd Fellowship holders may submit faculty nominations; they are encouraged to coordinate with the nominee’s department head.


Nomination requirements

Nominations for the award will be submitted by the College of Engineering department heads or former Dowd Fellows to the College of Engineering Awards and Recognition Committee for Faculty by the deadline. Documentation will consist of:

  • a citation of no more than 100 words
  • a nomination letter of no more than two pages, including justification of the nomination
  • a current curriculum vitae for the nominee
  • a description of the proposed educational project of not more than one page

Only one nomination may be made by each department head and each former Dowd Fellow in each year.

Selection of the award winner or winners is performed by the College of Engineering Awards and Recognition Committee for Faculty. All awards will be announced at the Annual College of Engineering Faculty Meeting.