Call for Proposals: Marcus Early Career Research Award

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The Marcus Early Career Research Award, made possible by the generous support of George and Judy Marcus, supports the scholarly accomplishment of tenure-track faculty in their third, fourth and fifth year. The purpose of this award is to support faculty excellence in research, scholarship and creative achievement. Awards are competitive and will be granted on the basis of proposals which demonstrate the ability of the faculty member to accomplish the project within the time-frame of the award, the significance of the activity, the clarity of the proposal, and the need for the award. Faculty will receive all benefits and service-years credit.

Deadline: April 15, 2019


The 2019-20 awards are for one semester with full pay during Spring 2020.
Awards are intended to support the retention, tenure and promotion of probationary faculty who are actively engaged with their individual fields of study.
The award will be negated if tenure is granted during the award period.
Faculty are eligible to receive only one award during their probationary years.
The evaluation of the Marcus Early Career Research Awards will be based on activities which enhance professional achievement and growth.


To apply, faculty must be in their second, third, or fourth probationary year. The leave will be taken in the subsequent third, fourth, or fifth probationary year. Among applicants, faculty for whom their appointment at San Francisco State University is their first position as an Assistant Professor, faculty who have more recently received their terminal degree, and faculty who have not received other pre-tenure full-semester leaves will be given preference.


Applications must be submitted electronically to the Dean’s office via Noelle Trinidad at by April 15, 2019. The College of Liberal & Creative Arts Professional Development Committee and the Dean will review applications and will announce winners at the Faculty Research showcase on May 10.

Final approval of the Marcus Early Career Research Award will not be granted until the applicant has filed with the University a suitable bond indemnifying the State of California against loss in the event the faculty member fails to render one semester of service for each semester of leave in the California State University following the leave of absence as indicated in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Bond Waiver/Waiver of Bond

All leave with pay recipients must post a bond in the amount of the salary to be paid during the leave or, more commonly, obtain a waiver of the bond. The waivers of bond must be notarized. If you are awarded a leave, you must submit this documentation within 6 weeks of the notification of the award.

Download Application (docx)