• Fellowship award recipients present their research at the 2019 CESS Scholarship Symposium


Jean S. Garvin was a Vermont educator, advocate for children, and the State's Director of Special Educational and Pupil Personnel Services whose influence spanned from the 1960s into the 1980s in Vermont. Her leadership increased inclusive education for Vermont's children with disabilities.

This research fellowship was established in 1985 to honor and extend her lasting legacy. The Fellowship supports the development and dissemination of research that contributes to the education of Vermont's children and youth with disabilities.


Award recipients receive up to $1,500 per year per award. More than one award may be made each year.

The Fellowship may fund expenses related to conducting research, including (but not limited to): research supplies and equipment, software, transcription, translation, printing and mailing costs, travel to collect data, compensation or expense reimbursement to research participants, and other expenses necessary to conduct the proposed research.

The fellowship does not include personnel time to collect data, purchase of computers, or costs for travel to present research findings after completion (at conferences, etc.).

Eligibility Criteria

To qualify, the applicant must:

  1. Be a “Vermont educator,” meaning a person who is engaged in work related to children and youth with disabilities in Vermont. This can include but is not limited to, educational researchers, 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, and parents who have children with disabilities.
  2. Identify a UVM faculty advisor who will guide the research from start to finish.  If you are interested in applying but do not have a connection to a UVM faculty member, email the chair of the Committee at Jesse.Suter@uvm.edu. Applicants are not required to be UVM students.
  3. Propose a research study that contributes to the education of Vermont's children and youth with disabilities. We fund a wide range of methodologies and topics.

Application Procedures

Submission Process and Timelines

  • November 1: The deadline for submitting applications.
  • December 1: The Committee determines which projects will be supported.
  • December 15: All applicants receive notification of the Committee’s decision.
  • January 10: Funds will be made available to funded applicants.

Application Components

Important: Language used in the application should be written in a manner that is suitable for review by individuals who are not experts in the field of the applicant.

1. Write a two or three page summary of the study to include:

  • Name, mailing address, email, phone, degrees (in progress or earned);
  • Faculty advisor name, department, email, phone;
  • Title of study;
  • Abstract of Study (including purpose, research question(s), and research design);
  • Proposed dates for initiation and completion of the study;
  • Plans for disseminating the results of the study;
  • A brief statement explaining how the research advances Jean Garvin's legacy by contributing to the education of Vermont's students with disabilities.

2. Include a budget (up to $1,500) with descriptions and amounts of each proposed item. If the proposal is attached to a research project that has funding, explain why more funding is needed.

3. Include a letter of support from a UVM faculty advisor, including his or her willingness to supervise the research from to start to finish, and an assurance that all required IRB procedures will be followed for the protection of human subjects.

4. Submit Applications for Jean S. Garvin Research Fellowship to the Review Committee Chairperson, Jesse Suter, at Jesse.Suter@uvm.edu. All components should be submitted by email as a single PDF file. PLEASE WRITE "JEAN GARVIN RESEARCH" in the email subject line. Thank you.

Award Recipient Responsibilities

1. Submit a summary of the research to the Committee Chair through email by May 15th.

2. Submit a photo of yourself or your research for potential use on the website or promotional materials.

3. Present your funded research at UVM’s CESS Research Conference in May, where you will be recognized for your award.

4. Acknowledge partial support from the Jean S. Garvin Research Fellowship on presentations and publications.

5. Send citations to published or presented work to the Committee Chair so we can post them on our website. This should be done as soon as possible so we can highlight your work.