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 or self-nominations for new faculty fellows should be emailed to the Institute Director. The Director then invites the nominee to submit a letter of interest addressing decision criteria and CV and to give a public research presentation.
  • The Gund Institute Fellows Committee (GIFC), comprised of three-to-five faculty fellows, reviews the letter, CV, attends the scheduled presentation, and makes a fellowship recommendation to the director, who makes the final decision.
  • Decisions are based on the following criteria: strength of scholarly record, potential to contribute to collaborative research, 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. Emeriti as Fellows or Affiliates?
  • Fellows can be reappointed every three years if they continue to fulfill responsibilities. Fellows will self-assess their activities and meet with the GIFC, who will review and recommend reappointments to the director, who makes final decisions.


  • Participate in collaborative research efforts among Gund community members.
  • Compete as PI or Co-PI on Gund Catalyst Awards.
  • Advise or co-advisor Gund-funded PhD students and postdocs.
  • Access enrichment funds to support research costs, travel, publication, etc.
  • Access proposal-writing support.
  • Access communications support (e.g., media outreach, training).
  • Access partnership and policy expertise.
  • Access resources to support visiting scholars.
  • Help guide Gund Institute 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 faculty fellows meetings.
  • Serve on occasional standing and ad hoc committees.
  • Publish via open access principles and share relevant Gund-related research papers or reports  with Institute colleagues and staff.
  • Support graduate education (e.g., guest lecturing, mentoring).
  • Participate annually in active learning in diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) through participation in Gund-sponsored or other activities.
  • Communicate Gund affiliation in websites, emails, publications, social media.
  • Acknowledge Gund financial support in relevant publications.
  • Inform the Gund regarding changes in professional status.

Nomination Dates

Deadline: November 1
Decisions: June
Announcement: September