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Endowed Professorships

The highest honor the university can bestow upon faculty, endowed chairs enable Stanford to compete for scholars who are in demand around the country and the world.

Most professorships are based in a specific school; others help Stanford build expertise in broad areas like environmental sustainability or the arts.

Endowed chairs exist in perpetuity. Donors may establish professorships in their own names or in the names of others they wish to honor. Income from the endowed gift underwrites the faculty member's salary and associated costs, such as library, staff support, travel, and other research-related expenses.