Bicentennial Professors Fund

Bicentennial Professors Fund

SIF136, SIF154, SIF161 Bicentennial Professors Fund

Project Manager: Mark Luellen

The purpose of this award is to establish a matching fund to incentivize donors to create endowed professorships.

Approved: December 2017 (first award of $75M), April 2018 (second award of $20M), December 2018 (third award of $75M), December 2019 (fourth award of over $21M new funding)

Project Dates: 12/09/2017 – 12/31/2022

Funding Awarded:  Up to $191,110,220

Executive Summary

As it prepares to enter its third century of offering one of the best educational experiences in the nation, the University of Virginia is making bold commitments to secure its prominence in the world of higher education. Among them is the Bicentennial Professors Fund. The investment will enable the creation of an estimated 70 endowed professorships, covering not only the salaries for emerging, mid- career and distinguished scholars, but other essential expenses such as the recruitment of graduate students and the acquisition of laboratory space. UVA Today story from March 2020

Current Status: Active


This is a remarkably successful program. The PAC formally assessed progress for this award at their December 2020 meeting. As of that reporting date, the University had raised $210M for this initiative in signed and verbal commitments, with a corresponding SIF match of $175.7M. A total of 106 professorships had been created, and twelve had been filled.