Miller Faculty Fellowship Program

Miller Faculty Fellowship Program

The Miller Faculty Fellowship Program provides recipients with opportunities to enhance their scholarly work in the university’s undergraduate academic programs. It also allows recipients to develop innovative approaches to enhance student learning. Recipients have up to 12 months to meet the goals of their Fellowship project.

The Miller Faculty Development Fund was made possible by the generosity of F. Wendell Miller, who left his entire estate jointly to Iowa State University and the University of Iowa. Mr. Miller, who died in 1995 at age 97, was born in Altona, Illinois. Mr. Miller grew up in Rockwell City, Iowa, graduated from Grinnell College and Harvard Law School, and practiced law in Des Moines and Chicago before returning to Rockwell City to manage his family’s farm holdings and to practice law. His legacy helped to establish the F. Wendell Miller Trust, the annual earnings of which, in part, help support faculty development proposals that advance the university’s strategic plan. The program is administered by the President’s Office and the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching.

New Funding Opportunity!
“AI Across the Curriculum”

FY 24-25: CELT seeks proposals specifically focused on generative AI in the classroom. If you would like your proposal to be considered as part of this focus, please indicate this in your proposal form.

How to Participate in the 2024-25 Miller Faculty Fellowship Program


  • Any faculty member at Iowa State University (tenured, tenure-eligible, term, or a staff member with a teaching appointment) may apply for a fellowship. All Iowa State faculty may submit proposals as individuals or may join with others to submit a proposal as a faculty team.
  • To increase involvement, preference will be given to first-time Miller Fellowship applicants.
  • Applicants who are CELT staff or members of the CELT Advisory Board may submit a proposal for consideration for a Miller Fellowship grant but are not allowed to serve as a principal investigator. These individuals may be listed as collaborators on the grant (just not as PI or co-PI).
  • CELT staff or Advisory Board members who apply are not allowed to participate in the Miller Fellowship review process.


Proposal Content

Applicants can propose to develop innovative new approaches to the teaching of existing undergraduate courses or to develop entirely new courses that will enrich the undergraduate experience. Funding for 2024-2025 will include four categories of grants:

  • Requests up to $5000
  • Requests up to $15,000
  • Requests up to $25,000
  • Requests up to $50,000


Review Process

Proposals submitted to CELT staff for tracking.

Late December
College Deans provide prioritization feedback to CELT staff.

Late January to Early February
CELT Advisory Board reviews proposals independently and then meets to recommend funding.

Provost reviews recommended funding and makes the final determination.

SVPP office informs new Fellows, CELT informs non-funded faculty.


Recent Abstracts and News

Recent Miller Abstracts

Recent News

View the Inside Iowa State, “Ten projects receive Miller teaching grants for 2023-24” (March 2, 2023) web post

View the Inside Iowa State, “13 teaching projects receive Miller grants” (April 7, 2022) web post