2023-24 Presidential Fellows

Applications are Closed

Presidential Fellows Program 

In alignment with UW’s 2023+ Strategic Plan, the purpose of the Presidential Fellows program is to elevate and facilitate faculty-led projects that advance the university. 

The celebration and promotion of teaching, research, extension, engagement, innovation, inclusion, and service contributions to UW’s mission is a key execution strategy of UW’s 2023+ Strategic Plan and the Presidential Fellows program contributes to this important work. 


All full-time UW faculty that meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:  

  • A proven track record of scholarly activities (e.g., research, teaching, service to UW and state) 
  • Experience with team building across various constituencies  


Proposals may be submitted on any topic that relates to the Strategic Plan, but special consideration will be given the following areas of focus: 

Wyoming Innovation Partnership

As the Wyoming Innovation Partnership (WIP) enters Phase II, UW seeks a Presidential Fellow to co-lead the university’s advancement of this state-wide initiative. WIP’s primary objective is to modernize and focus Wyoming’s efforts to develop a resilient workforce and economy. Key responsibilities of the WIP Presidential Fellow would include 

  • Strengthening UW’s connections and collaborations with Wyoming’s community colleges  
  • Supporting UW faculty involvement 
  • Participating in strategic planning for a potential Phase III of WIP

Artificial Intelligence

As Artificial Intelligence (AI) platforms like ChatGPT have implications for higher education and grow in terms of use and sophistication, UW seeks a Presidential Fellow to lead the university’s efforts to address this emerging technology.  Key responsibilities include: 

  • Coordinating campus-wide professional development opportunities 
  • Advising university leaders (e.g., Faculty Senate, President’s Cabinet) on policy and practice implications 
  • Developing a long-term plan to address AI at UW that takes into consideration the implications of this technology for the various fields at the University of Wyoming 


Presidential Fellows will receive a stipend of $10,000 for the 2023-2024 academic year as well as $5,000 to support other expenses (e.g., course release, conference attendance). Proposals not awarded the Presidential Fellow designation may be funded at lower levels. Presidential Fellows in the areas of focus should expect to begin their work during the summer 2023 semester and additional compensation will be provided for the summer 2023 semester.


Most Presidential Fellowships will run from fall 2023 to spring 2024.  Proposals for special topics should be prepared to begin their work during the summer 2023 semester. The time commitment varies based on the proposal, but applicants can expect to dedicate four to 15 hours per week. 

All funded proposals will submit a mid-term report in January 2024 and a final report in May 2024.   

Proposal & Submission 

Proposals should be submitted to UWPres@uwyo.edu by Friday, March 24 and should include this form and the faculty member’s C.V. 

Selection Process 

A committee composed of current Presidential Fellows, faculty, and administrators will recommend finalists to President Seidel. All finalists will be interviewed by President Seidel, who will make final selections.  


The Office of the President plans to notify all Presidential Fellows applicants of the status of their proposal by May 12th.