Douglas C. Basil Award

The Douglas C. Basil Awards celebrate the valuable contributions of retired faculty in higher education. Two awards at $5,000 each will be given for a special project or research. An honored Emeritus Professor, Dr. Basil retired in 1989 from the Management and Organization Department at the USC Marshall School of Business after 28 years of service.

Similar to’s purpose prize, Douglas C. Basil Award is intended to fund a retired faculty’s current or future purposeful project. The monetary prize is intended for retired faculty who might not have the funds to pursue a special academic or creative project. Those projects that exemplify contributions towards the greater good, giving back and/or innovation are more likely to be considered. The awards are taxable if taken in lump sum or they can be claimed tax free by submitting receipts for reimbursement or the funds can be used to pay student assistants.

Submission Criteria:
• Fill out the Online Application Form
• Upload your CV, Resume, or Bio
• Provide a short essay indicating the purpose, description, value and outcomes of the project and how the funds will be used
• Recommendation: type all required information into a word document and paste into the online application form – you cannot go back later to revise

Applications are now open for 2021. The deadline to submit for this year is September 14, 2021.

Requirements if selected:
It is the responsibility of the awardee to send a thank you letter, write a brief article for the Emeriti Center newsletter (approximately 150 to 250 words) and be wiling to give a 10 to 15 minute presentation at a RFA board meeting. These requirements must be completed between six and 18 months after receiving the monetary award in October.

The selection process will be managed by members of the Emeriti Center Executive Committee, Retired Faculty Association Board and the Office of Academic and Faculty Affairs.