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Open to all tenured and tenure-track faculty in all Colleges, the Postdoctoral Associate Program provides the salary and fringe to fund a postdoctoral associate position for up to two (2) years.

This program is spurred by our common desire to increase UVM’s productivity and standing in research, scholarship, and the creative arts. The funding awarded will not only foster such productivity, but will also help faculty members budget their time so that they can compete for additional extramural funding to further increase productivity.

This program has been structured to directly address feedback from current, successful UVM faculty who identified better access to postdoctoral associates as one of the single most helpful ways to improve their productivity and success.

Goals of the Postdoctoral Associate Program are as follows:

  • To promote innovative research, scholarship, and creative arts projects that will enhance the productivity of faculty.
  • To advance research with broad societal, scholarly, and/or creative impact that extends beyond UVM into the community and the world.
  • To leverage the attainment of these goals to increase extramural funding and hence, further increase productivity.


Open to all tenured and tenure-track faculty in all Colleges.

Amount and Duration

For 2020-2021, approved proposals will be funded up to $75,000 per year for up to two (2) years, including salary and fringe. The funding is to be used to identify and hire a postdoctoral associate to work with the selected faculty partners. There is no other funding available from the OVPR within this program, and any other expenses related to the research will be borne by the faculty teams or their Departments/Colleges. Up to five (5) positions will be funded.

Criteria for Selection

An interdisciplinary review panel of faculty from across the University will consider the scholarly merit of the projects, and recommend which projects should be funded. The panel will use a scoring rubric for each application that includes the following categories: innovation, impact, project reach, budget feasibility, approach, and likelihood of further extramural funding. Cross-campus and interdisciplinary collaborations are encouraged.

Award Recipients

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Stephen Keller, Plant Biology
"Toward the use of genomic data to inform conservation of species facing climate change"

Melissa Pespeni, Biology
"Towards an integrative understanding of resiliency and adaptation in a changing world"

Michael Toth, Cardiology
"Novel modalities to extend the benefits of exercise to cancer survivors"