Vilas Faculty Early & Mid-Career Investigator Awards

Through the generosity of the Vilas Trust, the University of Wisconsin–Madison is able to provide an array of named professorships and awards to recognize the outstanding achievements of its faculty members. These awards not only provide generous research funding to those who receive them, but they can — in cases of teacher-scholars who are being recruited or who are likely to be recruited by our competitors — serve as an inducement to stay at UW–Madison. They are among the most prestigious awards granted by the university.

Vilas Faculty Early Career Investigator Award

These awards provide between $25,000 and $100,000 in flexible funding over three years. The award is meant to recognize research and teaching excellence in faculty who are relatively early in their careers. Typically, an early-career award is appropriate for faculty in the first ten years (approximate) of their career. This could include assistant professors or early-stage associate professors.

Vilas Mid-Career Investigator Award

These awards provide between $25,000 and $100,000 in flexible funding over three years. The award is meant to recognize research and teaching excellence in faculty who are at mid-career. The mid-career designation generally means faculty 10 to 20 years into a career. This could include associate professors or full professors.

2021-22 Nomination Process

We encourage departments to make nominations as early in the academic year as is feasible, though departments and schools/colleges may wish to consider whether Early or Mid-Career Investigator Awards may be useful as retention tools later in the academic year. No nominations will be accepted later than March 4, 2022.

Nomination packages should be emailed to vpfsa@provost.wisc.edu as a single PDF file no later than March 4, 2022. Please name your file: “School/CollegeName-NomineeLastName-SubmissionDate.pdf” (for example: Engineering-Smith-January152022.pdf.)

Nomination packages should include:

  • A letter of nomination from the department or from the school or college (two to three pages)
  • Letter of endorsement from the dean or director
  • Current CV

Contact

Beth Meyerand
Vice Provost for Faculty and Staff Affairs
Office of the Provost
vpfsa@provost.wisc.edu
608-263-1685