Jean S. Garvin Research Fellowship (Due November 1st) PDF icon

Jean S. Garvin was a visionary Vermont educator, advocate for children, and the State's Director of Special Educational and Pupil Personnel Services, whose statewide influence spanned from the 1960s into the 1980s. Her groundbreaking leadership paved the way for increasingly inclusive educational opportunities for Vermont's children with disabilities. The research fellowship named in her memory was established in 1985 to honor and extend her lasting legacy and numerous contributions to Vermont's children with disabilities.

Purpose of the Fellowship:

The fellowship is designed to encourage the development and dissemination of knowledge that contributes to the education of Vermont's children and youth with disabilities by financially supporting related research activities (new or existing).

Amount of Annual Award:

The Jean S. Garvin Research Fellowship will distribute up to a maximum of $1,500 per year to a qualified Vermont educator to pay for costs associated with conducting approved research. Depending on the number of applicants and the amount of their requests, more than one award may be distributed in a given year if funds are available.

What the Fellowship will Fund:

The fellowship will fund a wide variety of expenses related to conducting approved research. Examples of appropriate expenses include:

The fellowship does not cover:

Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants meet the following three criteria:

  1. The applicant must be a “Vermont educator” broadly interpreted to mean a person who is engaged in the work of educating children and youth with disabilities in Vermont, or preparing to become an educator. This can include, but is not limited to, people representing a wide range disciplines such as: special education teachers, general education teachers, school administrators, speech-language pathologists, school psychologists, counselors, occupational therapists, physical therapists, social workers, rehabilitation counselors, recreation therapist, school nurses, librarians, parents who have children with disabilities, among others.
  2. Applicants do not need to be UVM students, but must identify a UVM faculty advisor willing to oversee the research from beginning to end, including the application to the UVM IRB (Institutional Review Board) if the study includes data collection from human subjects.
  3. The applicant must have a proposed or existing research study that contributes to the education of Vermont's children and youth with disabilities.

Types of Research:

The fellowship supports a wide range of recognized research methods such as: (a) group experimental or quasi-experimental, (b) descriptive quantitative (e.g., survey, direct observation), (c) single-subject experimental, (d) qualitative (e.g., interviews, observations, document analysis), (e) participatory action research, (f) policy analysis, and (g) historical research. The range of potential topics is wide, with the main criteria being that it contributes to the education of Vermont's children and youth with disabilities. Broad examples of topics include, but are not limited to: (a) inclusive special education, (b) related services, (c) communication, (d) family supports, (e) health issues, (f) extra-curricular activities, and (g) assistive technology.

Submission Process and Timelines:

  1. Announcement: By September 1st of each year an announcement will be distributed inviting applications.
  2. Submission: By November 1st completed applications must be submitted (see specific instructions below).
  3. Review of Applications: By December 1st an eight-member review committee consisting of five individuals associated with Vermont's education community (e.g., disability organizations, public schools, individuals with disabilities and/or their family members, Vermont Department of Education) and three UVM faculty members representing: (a) the UVM Department of Education's Special Education Program, (b) UVM's Center on Disability & Community Inclusion, and (c) the College of Education and Social Service's Doctoral Program in Leadership & Policy Studies, will review the applications.
  4. Decision and Notification: Before the end of first semester, applicants will be notified of the committee's decision regarding their application.
  5. Availability of Funds: If approved, funds will be available for the start of second semester or may be deferred until the fall semester.

Application Components:

  1. A two to three page summary of the study to include:
  2. A separate budget page with the total amount requested (not to exceed $1,500), with descriptions and amounts of each proposed expenditure. If the proposal is attached to an existing research project that has funding, this should be explained (e.g., What is the source, purpose, and amount of the existing funding? Why is additional funding needed?).
  3. A letter of support signed by the faculty advisor, including his or her willingness to supervise the research and an assurance that all required IRB procedures will be followed for the protection of human subjects.
  4. All components should be submitted by email as a single PDF file to the Committee Chairperson.

Award Recipient Responsibilities:

Award recipients will submit a final written summary of the completed research to the Committee Chair upon completion. If the student decides to submit the study for publication, an acknowledgment should be included, indicating partial support from the Jean S. Garvin Research Fellowship. Students will be encouraged to present their research at available UVM venues such as the Graduate Student Research Day or the College of Education and Social Services Research Symposium (held each May).

Submit Applications for Jean S. Garvin Research Fellowship to the Review Committee Chairperson:

Shana Haines (

PLEASE WRITE "JEAN GARVIN RESEARCH" in the email subject line


Revisions approved by the UVM Development Office and College of Education & Social Services Dean’s Office: May 5, 2010

Minor edits last made: September 11, 2014