Gund Fellows walking a field

Become a Gund Fellow.

Gund Fellows are accomplished UVM faculty who have a long-term and deep engagement with the Institute. 

Fellows are widely recognized scholars who serve as thought leaders and help to shape the research agenda of the Institute. They contribute through collaborative research, teaching and graduate advising, and are appointed to 3-year renewable terms.

Meet Gund Fellows

Nomination Process

  • Nominations for new Fellows are emailed to the Institute Director from current Fellows, Steering Committee members, or the nominee. The Director then invites the nominee to submit a letter of interest and CV, and to give a public research presentation.
  • The Gund Institute Fellows Committee (GIFC), comprising four current Fellows, reviews the letter, CV, attend the required presentation, and makes a recommendation to the Director, who makes the final decision.
  • Decisions are based on strength of scholarly record, potential to contribute to collaborative scholarship, and commitment to meaningful engagement with the Institute. Gund Fellows must have a primary appointment as faculty at the University of Vermont, and hold the highest degree in their respective field.
  • Fellows can be reappointed every three years if they continue to fulfill listed responsibilities. Each Spring semester, the GIFC reviews and recommends reappointments to the Director, who makes final decisions.


  • Participate in collaborative research efforts among Gund Community members.
  • Can compete as PI or Co-PI on Gund Catalyst Awards.
  • Can serve as primary or co-advisor for Gund-funded PhD students and postdocs.
  • Access to enrichment funds to support research costs, travel, publication, etc.
  • Access to proposal-writing support.
  • Access to communications support (e.g., media outreach, training).
  • Voice in setting Institute direction through Fellows meetings and retreats.
  • All applicable benefits of Affiliates.


  • Collaborate regularly with other Gund Fellows on transdisciplinary research.
  • Participate and present regularly in Gund seminars and events.
  • Participate in all Fellows meetings.
  • Serve on occasional ad hoc committees.
  • Share relevant research papers or reports with Institute colleagues and staff.
  • Support graduate education (e.g., guest lecturing, mentoring).
  • Communicate Gund affiliation in websites, emails, publications, social media.
  • Acknowledge Gund financial support in all resulting publications.

Nomination Dates

Deadline: November 1
Decisions: June
Announcement: September