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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Kellett Mid-Career Award

Deadline to apply: This competition is now closed

ELIGIBILITY: Faculty that are up to 7 to 20 years past tenure (eligible if tenured after June 30, 1998)

AWARD AMOUNT: A $75,000 research award (may be spent over five years)


This award is comparable in competitiveness to the Romnes Faculty Fellowships and the WARF Professorships, but is intended to recognize and support mid-career faculty, seven to twenty years past their first promotion to a tenured position. The Mid-Career award was created to provide needed support and encouragement to faculty at a critical stage of their careers. This award cannot be awarded more than one time to any faculty member.

The Kellett Mid-Career 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 Mid-Career award. Previous winners of a WARF Professorship are not eligible. Please feel free to consult 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.  Please follow the online submission instructions.  Each nomination should include:

  1. A department or program letter of nomination
  2. The candidate’s CV and bibliography
  3. Up to five letters of recommendation
  4. Up to three sample publications

A nomination should include a cover letter from the nominator which explains how the nominee was selected, 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. The cover letter should be followed by an up-to-date curriculum vitae and bibliography of the nominee and no more than five letters of recommendation. PDFs of sample publications may be submitted (up to three) or if publications are viewable online, a listing of where to find electronic versions may be included. Renominations should be updated and submitted as new nominations.


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.)  If you would like more than one person to edit an application, go to the “members” section on the right hand portion of the screen in Fluid Review.  You may then add their email address.

When will applicants be notified?  When will awards begin?

The evaluation will be completed in early March 2018.  Awards will begin July 1, 2018.

Does receiving a Kellett award affect a Vilas Associates award?

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

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