Vilas Research Professorships support “the advancement of learning” and are considered among the highest recognition for faculty at the University. The prestigious awards are for UW–Madison faculty members who have proven research ability and possess unusual qualifications and promise. The individual must have contributed significantly to the research mission of the university and be widely recognized both nationally and internationally for the quality of their research.
Vilas Research Professorships provide a $10,000 salary supplement annually, $50,000 for research expenses annually, a reduced teaching load, and a retirement award of $2,500 annually for an individual who has served at least 15 years as a Vilas Research Professor. Additionally, Vilas Supplemental Funds are periodically available to Vilas Research Professors. When available, these funds may be requested for special nonrecurring research expenses (e.g., a piece of equipment, new acquisitions for our library collections relevant to your area of research, etc.). These professorships for scholarly achievement are funded through the generosity of the Trustees of the William F. Vilas Estate. Funding to support the appointments comes through Research and Sponsored Programs.
These professorships are managed by the Office of the Provost