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Naming Opportunities

This list of endowed and non-endowed naming opportunities outlines key philanthropic priorities that will have an impact on Vanderbilt’s campus for years to come. For more information, please contact the Office of Stewardship at (615) 343-8677 or

Naming Opportunities for Endowed Institutional Priorities

For Faculty Support


Dean's Chair
To recruit or retain a dean with extraordinary leadership
Distinguished Chair
To recruit or retain a scholar with appointments in two or more schools
Faculty Chair
To recruit or retain a scholar whose achievements have earned distinction
Chancellor’s Faculty Fellow*
To recruit or retain an associate professor for a renewable term of years
Dean’s Faculty Fellow*
To recruit or retain an assistant professor for a renewable term of years
To support senior leadership positions
Residential Colleges Directorship
To support faculty heads of undergraduate living-learning communities 
Research Fund
To support the work of one or more promising scholars or a specific field of research
* Vanderbilt is leading the Faculty Fellowship Challenge through September 30, 2020, where the university will match eligible gifts of $500,000 to create fellowships and directorships that will spark new research discoveries and expand teaching opportunities.  

For Undergraduate Student Support

Opportunity Vanderbilt Undergraduate Scholarship
To provide need-based support for one or more talented undergraduate students
Athletic Scholarship
To support a talented student-athlete
Immersion Award
To provide support for undergraduate research, study abroad experiences and/or student internships
Career Center 
To provide comprehensive career services to students throughout their undergraduate experience
Experience Vanderbilt 
To provide support for students as they pursue extracurricular activities
To augment innovation and entrepreneurship experiences

For Graduate Student Support

Graduate/Professional Scholarship
To provide support for one or more promising graduate/professional students
Ph.D. Fellows Program
To support sub-specialty training for individuals who have completed their Ph.D.

For Other Opportunities for Support

Special Library Collection
To support purchases in a specific subject area or for the direct purchase of a specific collection
Unrestricted Fund
To provide general support to the university