You have to go wholeheartedly into anything in order to achieve anything worth having -Frank Lloyd Wright

In order to more purposefully support and enhance the people and land of the Driftless Region, in 2014 (for the 2015 academic year) UW-Platteville is pleased to announce The Driftless Fellowship, a competitive fellowship providing 50 percent release to existing UW-Platteville faculty and staff to do applied work or research that positively impacts the quality of life of Driftless Area residents.

In 2015, we expect to award up to four fellowships with at least one fellow hailing from each of the three UW-Platteville colleges: Engineering, Math and Science (EMS); Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture (BILSA); and Liberal Arts and Education (LAE). Fellows may come from all disciplines and backgrounds, but all projects must address a regional need and have a direct and sustainable impact upon the economy, culture, or ecology of the Driftless Region; in short, projects must contribute to the long-term quality of life for those living in the region. Collectively, our fellows will help assure that the Driftless Region remains an innovative, sustainable, and vibrant place to live.

Fellowship Benefits

In addition to the opportunity to conduct substantive work within his or her chosen field for a year, promote the Wisconin Idea at a regional scale, and contribute positively to the quality of life in the Driftless Area, successful applicants will receive the following:

  • 50 percent paid release for the 2015–16 academic year
  • $2,000 summer stipend for work completed May–June 30, 2016
  • Up to 100 hours of administrative support for project work
  • Material and supplies budget of $200
  • Travel stipend of up to $500


Driftless Area Fellowships are for faculty and staff who want to go above and beyond their typical work and use their expertise and skills to benefit the Driftless Region. We encourage projects that address complex, regional issues in creative and new ways. Projects must embody and integrate the mission of UW-Platteville, the principles of the Wisconsin Idea applied to the Driftless Area, and the energy and ingenuity of our highly talented faculty, staff, and students.

Candidates for the Driftless Area Fellowship Program must meet the following requirements:

  • Be current, full-time UW-Platteville faculty or staff
  • Have support from his or her department chair or supervisor
  • Provide evidence of outstanding professional performance
  • Maintain a sincere commitment to furthering the Driftless Region

Further, the strongest proposals will:

  • Address an existing need within the Driftless Region
  • Have a committed partner organization, initiative, or community within the Driftless Region
  • Articulate a clear plan for engaging UW-Platteville students in the work
  • Clearly state achievable and measurable goals and objectives
  • Be practical and feasible given resources available

Program Requirements

Dissemination of project results and engagement with a strong support cohort are both critical aspects of project success. In addition to the proposed project results, all successful candidates are expected to complete the following requirements:
  • Participation in two-hour lunch workshops with other fellows, twice per month (scheduled around group availability)
    • One lunch each month will feature open discussion and feedback
    • One lunch each month will feature a presentation and discussion by a fellow on his or her project
    • Lunch will be provided
  • If relevant, participate in spring 2016 PACCE Poster day
  • Submit half-year progress report by the last day of fall semester (see example)
  • Present at public forum with other fellows during spring 2016
  • Submit final report and associated products by June 30, 2016
  • Participate in fall 2016 Faculty and Staff Research Day organized by Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
  • If, once accepted, a fellow is unable to meet any of the above requirements, the Driftless Fellowship Board reserves the right to evaluate and possibly revoke the fellowship


Driftless: To Apply

To Apply

As of 1/27/15 the Fellowship deadline is temporarily put on hold. Please contact us if you are interested in applying for a position.