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Nominate a Macmillan Scholar in Residence  

Gund Fellows wanting to host visiting scholars to collaborate and engage with the UVM community now have a way to support them.

The Macmillan Scholars in Residence Program at the Gund Institute for Environment can support scholars who visit UVM from two days to two semesters.

The stated purpose of the Macmillan Scholars endowment, a major gift from the Macmillan Family, is: "to broaden our understanding of the physical and natural sciences, and their relationship to other academic disciplines, and to close the gap between the sciences and the rest of the academic community.”

Macmillan Scholars are expected to contribute to the scholarly excellence of the Institute and UVM including research, collaboration, presentations and informal mentorship.

Nominate a Macmillan Scholar

Benefits and Responsibilities

Macmillan Scholars have the opportunity to participate in collaborative research efforts with faculty hosts and other scholars across UVM. To recognize their addition to the Gund Community, all Macmillan scholars automatically become Gund Global Affiliates and they hold a working title of "Macmillan Scholar." They receive office space and access to Gund Institute facilities. Long-term scholars can also benefit from Gund communications and policy outreach support, and are granted UVM email access and a campus ID, and will appear in UVM's directory. 

Macmillan Scholars are expected to contribute broadly to the scholarly excellence of the Institute through collaborations, presentations, and lectures. They participate in Gund events (e.g., seminars, gatherings), support graduate education (e.g., guest lecturing, informal mentoring) and should communicate their Gund affiliation in websites, emails, publications, and social media, and acknowledge Gund financial support in resulting publications.

Virtual visits may be accommodated by request. Eligibility for a virtual visit will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Please reach out to the Director of Operations and Programs for guidance.

Nomination Process

Any Gund Faculty Fellow can nominate Macmillan Scholars through the online form. The nominator submits a letter describing the purpose of the visit and its strategic value to the Gund Institute’s mission and research themes. On the online form, nominators indicate length of visit, work eligibility (to flag any need for a visa process), and expenses to be supported. They also upload a current CV for the nominee. Nominations are reviewed on a rolling basis by the Director of the Gund Institute, in consultation with a panel of Gund Fellow advisors.

The nominating Fellow serves as the host for the Macmillan Scholar and is responsible for administrative processes as necessary, including working with the Office of International Education (OIE), Payroll, and Human Resources. Please see here guidance for international Macmillan Scholars.

Financial Support

All Macmillan Scholars are hired as temporary exempt employees. The Gund’s suggested minimum salary for scholars is $1,000 per week. 

All scholars recieve a budget for salary, fringe, travel to Burlington, and event expenses. Short-term scholars (visiting for two weeks or less) are also eligible to have transportation, meals, and lodging expenses covered.

See the budget guidance document on InfoReady (under 'Supporting Documents') for more information.  Scholars must be legally eligible to work in the US. Questions may be directed to the Office of International Education (OIE).

Other Visiting Scholars

The Gund Institute also has mechanisms in place to receive Visiting Scholars hosted by Gund Fellows and funded through other (not Macmillan) methods. As these situations tend to be unique, they will be managed on a case-by-case basis. Contact the Director of Operations and Programs if you plan to have a visiting scholar and would like more information about how the Gund can be involved.