Endowed faculty fellowships, professorships and chairs provide significant benefits in recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty at the University. These endowed gifts greatly enrich support for the teaching and research activities of distinguished faculty and bring public recognition of their status.

Faculty Fellowships, Professorships and Chairs

Faculty fellowships, professorships and chairs may be used to supplement the base salaries of faculty members as authorized in the endowment. Endowment expenditures must be consistent with the terms of the endowment agreement. The use of endowment funds for faculty compensation in the form of base salary or a supplement to base salary may be allowed.

A faculty fellowship, professorship, or chair appointment is an at-will appointment, subject to the authority of the administrative official, for either an indefinite period subject to review at least every five years (not to be interpreted as life-time) or a limited specified period.

For further information, please see Guidelines for the Terms and Uses of Operating Income: Endowed Faculty Fellowships, Professorships, and Chairs on the University Advancement web site.

Endowment Appointment Process

If an endowment of a fellowship is approved by the Dean/Chancellor of the School/College/Campus these materials will be forwarded to Academic Human Resources on behalf of the Provost for review and action by the Board of Regents.

If the Provost concurs with the recommendation, the nomination for Professorships or Chairs is submitted on behalf of the President to the Board of Regents. Faculty Fellowships are approved by the Provost.

The Provost will inform the Chancellor or Dean’s Office and the candidate of their review decision in writing. The Professorship or Chair appointment cannot be announced until formal approval has been granted by the Board of Regents.

Candidate Biographical Statement

If you are being considered for an endowed fellowship, professorship or chair you will be asked to submit a biographical statement. This should include the following:

  • Academic degrees, starting with undergraduate degree
    • What, when, where
  • Professional history and employment at the UW
  • Professional achievements/most significant career accomplishments
  • Explanation of current research interests or activities (in laymen’s terms, if technical/scientific)
  • Areas of expertise
  • Awards, honors, and grants received
  • Recent activities that are related to their scholarly career
    • For example:
      for a professorship in music, one of the works of the selected faculty member was performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and recorded for a CD of his music
  • Why the school/college chose this faculty member to receive the endowment
  • Publications/published works


Chancellors and Deans shall be responsible for administering expenditures related to an endowed faculty fellowship, professorship or chair in accordance with University policies and procedures to assure that administration is consistent with the endowment agreement.

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