Vilas Associates Competition Announcement

August 31, 2015

TO: Deans, Department Chairs, and Department Administrators

From: Marsha Mailick, Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education

I am pleased to announce this year’s Vilas Associates competition.  The Vilas Trustees have agreed to provide support during fiscal years 2016-17 and 2017–18.  The winners in this competition receive up to two-ninths of research salary support during summer 2016 and summer 2017, and a $12,500 flexible research fund each fiscal year.  All tenure-track assistant professors and tenured faculty within 20 years of their tenure date are eligible to apply for this award.  Faculty paid on an annual basis are not eligible for the summer salary support but are eligible to receive the flexible fund portion of this award.

This year’s deadline is November 13, 2015.

Submission procedure:

Nomination materials must be submitted electronically. See links below for navigation to the submission site and for detailed instructions. If you experience any problems uploading PDFs to the submission site, please email PDFs to Mary Curran (

Vilas Associates Program - Click here to submit
Thanks to the generosity of the Vilas Trustees, the Vilas Associates program will provide research support during fiscal years 2016-2017 and 2017-2018.

This competition is open to tenure-track and tenured faculty, from the assistant professor level to professors within 20 years of their tenure date.  The Vilas Associates Competition recognizes new and on-going research of the highest quality and significance. Recipients are chosen competitively by the divisional Research Committees on the basis of a detailed proposal.   Winners receive up to two-ninths of research salary support (including the associated fringe costs) for both summers 2016 and 2017, as well as a $12,500 flexible research fund in each of the two fiscal years.  Faculty paid on an annual basis are not eligible for the summer salary support but are eligible for the flexible fund portion of this award.   This award cannot be awarded more than one time to any faculty member.

Departments or programs with fewer than 15 faculty members, or a formally constituted interdepartmental group of six or more faculty members may nominate one individual.  Departments, programs or formally constituted interdepartmental groups with 15 or more faculty may nominate up to two individuals.

Each nomination should include three elements: (1) a department or program letter of nomination; (2) a research proposal written by the candidate; and (3) the candidate’s full CV.

The letter of nomination should be brief and limited to an articulation of the candidate’s division, the process by which the candidate was chosen, and a description of the candidate’s research area and its significance.  Do not exceed 300 words.

The research proposal should describe a single project relevant to the candidate’s field of study that can be accomplished in the two-year period of the award.  The proposed project can be part of a larger study, but it will be important for the candidate to specify the work to be done during the period of the Vilas Associates award and the expected use of the flexible research fund.  This proposal cannot exceed four double-spaced pages, not including references.

Please be aware of the following contingencies: Faculty receiving summer salary from the Vilas Associates Program cannot receive summer support simultaneously from the Research Committee; therefore, any summer support awarded by the committee for summers 2016 or 2017 would be withdrawn to permit acceptance of the Vilas Associates award.  The terms of the Vilas Associates Program stipulate that the periods for which the Vilas grants are awarded are not negotiable.  The maximum stipend for summer 2015 has been capped by the Trustees at $14,990 per month.

Nominations may be submitted at any time before 4:30 p.m. on November 13, 2015. Please follow the online submission instructions at:

Questions regarding the nomination process should be posed to Mary Curran (262-4949) or to the Associate Vice Chancellor appropriate to your division (262-1044).  Contact our Information Technology Team ( with any IT related questions.