Hilldale Professorships were awarded for the first time in 1980. The awards are for UW–Madison faculty members who excel in scholarly activity, have records of outstanding research or creative work, and show promise of continued productivity.
Annual award allocations are $15,000 for research support (equipment, supplies, books, computers, travel, research assistance, etc.), teaching release during the academic year, or summer salary. Recipients also receive an annual $7,500 temporary base adjustment to their salary from the Hilldale Professorship account. Appointments are for five years and are renewable upon recommendation of the department chair and dean. Funding to support the appointments is held at the UW Trust Funds.
These professorships are managed by the Office of the Provost.