Presidential Fellowship for Faculty Scholarship


The Presidential Fellowship Program is awarded to select faculty for exceptional research and creative projects. The fellowship is designed to promote faculty development through scholarship that models the university’s commitment to academic excellence through engaged learning. Five fellowships will be awarded each year in the amount of $8,000 each for compensation and expenses related to the project.


Exceptional proposals will
  • Demonstrate how project contributes to your scholarly field.
  • Demonstrate how project advances your professional development, consistent with the University's mission, core values, and emphasis on engaged learning.
  • Demonstrate the project's potential for publication, performance or exhibition.
  • Demonstrate how project facilitates student engagement.

  • Award monies may be used at the recipient’s discretion for hiring research assistants, purchasing books and other research materials or equipment, travel related to the research, and other related expenses consistent with university policy and federal and state law.
  • The award may not be used to buy computer equipment as this is the responsibility of individual departments.
  • Expenses will be processed through college or school finance managers.
  • For projects that extend beyond one year, fellowship monies may be expended until June 30th, 2016.


Application materials must include the following:

  1. Cover letter (2-4 p.) describing the project (with the above considerations in mind)
  2. Abbreviated curriculum vitae (maximum of 4-5 p.)
  3. Letter of support from Department Chair and Dean
  4. Draft budget breakdown
  5. Supporting materials

The fellowship will be paid in two installments

  1. at the beginning of the scholarship period (beginning July 1, 2015)
  2. upon acceptance of the work for publication, public performance, or exhibition

Applications will be accepted through April 20, 2015 and may be submitted to Kathy Ardmore or Richard Tafalla in the Office of Engaged Learning (BA211)

All applications will be reviewed by the Scholarly and Creative Activities Committee. Applicants will be notified no later than May 15, 2015.

Applications are limited to full-time faculty (lecturers and tenure track)



For more information, contact Richard Tafalla at, (801) 863-5270

Tips on preparing your proposal:

Proposals should:

  • Include your name, UVID number, email address, and your faculty mentor's information
  • State, in clear terms, the central question, purpose of research, and background and context to show how project fits into overall discipline, and how it contributes to that discipline in a meaningful and novel way.
  • Be well organized.
  • Length should fall between 250-400 words.
  • All proposals will undergo a careful review by the Scholarly & Creative Activities Council.
  • Review and funding of undergraduate scholarly projects take into account the following criteria:

1. Project has clearly stated background, objectives, methodology, and outcomes.

2. Project significantly contributes to scholarship or creative work within its discipline. Higher priority will be given to projects that demonstrate promise of professional peer review extending beyond the confines of UVU campus.

3. Project requires rigorous effort and is reasonable in scope given the funding requested and the projected time period.

4. Level of support indicated in faculty recommendation letter.  Letter should address rubric items.

5. Project has approval and full support of a faculty advisor, with the endorsement of the department and college.