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University of Wisconsin–Madison

H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowships

APPLICATIONS DUE: This competition is closed

ELIGIBILITY: Faculty that are  up to 6 years past tenure (eligible if tenured after June 30, 2014)

AWARD AMOUNT: A $60,000 research award (may be spent over five years)


This program, funded by WARF in recognition of the leadership of the late WARF Trustee President H. I. Romnes, is designed to bridge the gap between the Research Committee’s initial research support for new faculty and the Mid-Career Award for Faculty Research. This award is intended to recognize and support faculty up to SIX years past their first promotion to a tenured position. This award cannot be awarded more than one time to any faculty member.

The H. I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship awards are made possible by the impressive research efforts of UW–Madison faculty and staff. Technology arising from these research efforts is licensed by our patent management organization, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), to industry. Income from successful licenses is returned to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education to fund a variety of research activities throughout the divisions on campus, including these awards.

A department, a Ph.D. major program unit, or a formally constituted interdepartmental group of six or more faculty members may nominate one faculty member for a Romnes Fellowship. Please feel free to contact your division’s Associate Vice Chancellor (262-1044) with any questions about eligibility or the content of a nomination.


Nomination materials must be submitted electronically online. Re-nominations should be updated and submitted as new nominations. Each nomination should include:

  1. A completed nomination form. The brief on-line form will ask for the candidate’s/nominee’s name and the nominator’s name. A second nominator is optional.
  2. A department or program letter of nomination (uploaded as one PDF document). A nomination should include a cover letter (no more than 10,000 characters) from the nominator which explains the departmental process for selecting the nominee and highlights the major features of his/her work. The primary criteria are the quality, significance, and productivity of the nominee’s research, but the Committee also values indications of the quality and programmatic value of the nominee’s teaching and service.
  3. The candidate’s current CV / bibliography (uploaded as one PDF document).
  4. Up to five letters of recommendation (uploaded as separate PDF documents). The letters should indicate how the author knows the candidate and should be from someone at “arm’s length.”
  5. Up to three sample publications (uploaded as separate PDF documents). PDFs of sample publications may be submitted or if publications are viewable online, a listing of where to find electronic versions may be included.



Who prepares and submits the application online? 

It can be the nominee, nominator, administrative staff or a combination. (They must have a UW-Madison NET ID.) You are allowed to add collaborators to an application. However, the same person must open and submit the application.

When will applicants be notified?  When will awards begin?

The evaluation will be completed in April 2020.  Awards will begin July 1, 2020.

Does receiving a Romnes award affect a Vilas Associates award?

No. You can receive both – they are separate programs.

How is the tenure date pinpointed in determining eligibility for this award?

It is when the faculty member’s tenured status becomes effective, such as with a change reflected on their payroll account.  (It is not the date of the tenure committee’s vote.)

If you experience any technical problems or have general questions concerning your submission, please email (