Vice President’s Research Fellow

Starting in Spring 2021 semester, the Office of the Vice President for Research will support 1 faculty member with teaching/academic year buyout and salary replacement (on the order of 30-50% commitment) to serve as a Vice President’s Research Fellow. The Fellow will be provided an office in the OVPR and spend the year in residence—participating in OVPR senior staff meetings and serving on the Research Advisory Council.

The main task of the Fellow during the fellowship year will be to develop a comprehensive and detailed plan for a major new research initiative (on the order of a research center, institute or program). The Fellow will work closely with the Office of Research Development, the UVM Foundation’s Office for Corporate and Foundation Relations, the Research Advisory Council, UVM Continuing and Distance Education, and a range of campus resources. The goal is to develop a “shovel-ready plan” for the new initiative, including development of a compelling, overarching vision, long-term goals for the center/initiative, capacity building, engagement of stakeholders, and funding strategy and implementation timeline. Follow-up support for the plan will depend on feasibility and funding strategy devised by the Fellow, broader institutional support at UVM, and an appraisal of the national research landscape by the OVPR.

Applications require a three-page concept paper that indicates the central initiative concept, its potential to raise UVM’s national and international research profile, (where appropriate) links to useful/similar examples at other institutions, and an up-to-date CV.   Each application should include a letter of support from the department chair, or where appropriate, the dean of College/School.

Eligibility: Tenured faculty at the Associate or Full Professor level.

We anticipate making one award.

Applications are due by close of business on October 15, 2020. Notification will be made by November 1, with the position commencing January 1, 2021 and ending December 31, 2021, while following the academic calendar. Application materials should be submitted via the UVM InfoReady Review application portal:

If you have questions about the Vice President’s Research Fellow, contact Dan Harvey, Director of Operations, at