University of Vermont

Office of Undergraduate Research

Simon Family Public Research Fellowship

Previous Grantees

  • 2016 Simon Fellows
  • 2015 Simon Fellows
  • 2014 Simon Fellows
  • 2013 Simon Fellows

Proposals for Summer 2017 accepted until March 31, 2017 at 4:00 pm.

(Previous Simon awardees are not eligible to apply)

Simon Family Public Research Fellowship

The Simon Family Public Research Fellowship is the result of a generous gift from Julie Simon Munro '86 and the William E. Simon Foundation (read more here). This award supports students working with community partners and performing community-based research (CBR) under the mentorship of a faculty member. CBR is a method of responding to the conditions, problems, and needs of an organization and/or the broader community. It is a partnership of students, faculty and community partners who collaborate to engage in scholarship with a purpose of solving a problem and effecting greater social change (Strand et al. 2003).

Simon Fellows must perform their research under the supervision of a University of Vermont faculty member and in conjunction with a community partner, which need not be local. The community partner will define the need/problem that the student's project will address. The student will design, prepare, implement, and report on this project under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

Five awards are given which provide a $5000 for expenses both personal and research related. The award must be spent on reasonable summer expenses; any outstanding balance must be returned. The award may have tax or financial aid implications; consult with Student Financial Services if you have questions.

Due date for this summer is March 31, 2017

Proposals will be reviewed by a committee chosen for their expertise and focus on community organizations, service, and applied research practices. Reviews and recommendations will be forwarded to the Office of Undergraduate Research where final decisions will be made.

Students MUST be ready to begin the research by the beginning of the summer. All safety training must be complete for the student and her/his faculty sponsor. Proper IRB or IACUC protocols must be approved and current.

If you have questions, contact the Office of Undergraduate Research (656-5533;

We strongly advise you to attend a funding workshop.

To apply:

Please Download the application (docx) here.

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