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Troyer Research Fellowship

In 2009, the Board of Trustees of Drake University voted to create the Ronald Troyer Research Fellowship Endowment for full-time faculty members in recognition of Dr. Troyer’s many contributions to Drake University during his tenure as Provost, 2000-2009. In creating this fellowship, the Trustees particularly wanted to recognize Provost Troyer’s unwavering commitment to the support of faculty research and development at the highest level.

The Fellowship is awarded annually on the basis of a competitive application process conducted by the Office of the Provost. Selection of the Troyer Research Fellow from among the applicants is based on the applicant's record of scholarly accomplishment and future promise as a scholar. Applicants must be full-time faculty who hold the rank of Associate Professor or Full Professor and are in at least their fourth year of teaching at Drake University. Applicants should submit a current curriculum vitae, a letter of application of no more than three pages, a preliminary budget suggesting how the fellowship dollars might be spent, and a one-paragraph abstract written for a non-specialist audience that summarizes the proposed research. The application letter should address the applicant's record of scholarly accomplishment, future promise, how they will benefit and how the university will benefit if selected as the Troyer Research Fellow.

Applications should be submitted to the Office of the Deputy Provost (via electronic submission to on or before the 1st Friday in March yearly).

Late applications will not be considered. Applications will be reviewed by a committee comprised of former Troyer Fellows and other faculty holding endowed professorships. The committee will make recommendations to the Provost.

The Troyer Research Fellow receives a stipend of $5,000 in support of his/her scholarly work. The funds may be used for a variety of research-related purposes, including support of research assistants, equipment, travel and materials, but may not be used to provide a stipend for the recipient. The funds must be expended by the end of the fiscal year for which they are awarded. A faculty member may not be eligible for more than one Troyer Research Fellowship in a ten-year period.


Troyer Fellowship Winners

2023 - Stacy Gnacinski

2021 - Lynn Kassel

2020 - Sandi Patton-Imani

2019 – Olga Lazavera

2018 - Maria Valdovinos

2017 - Kim Huey

2016 - Sally Beisser

2015 - Craige Wrenn

2014 - Tim Knepper

2013 - Tom Rossburg

2012 - Jody Swilky

2011 - Klaus Bartschat

2010 - Mark Vitha










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