Frontier Fellows


WID’s Frontier Fellows program taps into student creativity and selects UW–Madison undergraduate students to join the Institute’s intellectual community. Fellows work collaboratively on novel research, education or outreach projects.

Frontier Fellows spend a year as part of the WID community, working towards a specific goal. We are looking for all types of ideas, however preliminary, that align with WID’s mission of using transdisciplinarity to enhance knowledge generation and fuel discovery. We are particularly interested in projects that are:

·      Creative and unconventional

·      Could not be conducted in a standard departmental context

·      High risk – high payoff

·      Align with activities already happening in WID

·      Address important societal issues or major gaps in human knowledge

Fellows will be paired with a WID mentor, will have access to the upper floors of the Discovery Building and will receive invitations to diverse WID events. Frontier Fellows will also receive a $250 fellowship and be able to compete for an internal grant to support their proposed project. Fellows are expected to become active members of the WID community and to prepare a report each quarter. At the discretion of the WID Director, fellowships may be renewed for additional years.

Key Dates

The current competition is closed. Check back here for next application call.


News from Frontier Fellows

WID Frontier Fellows take on exonerations, archaeological sites and science images with data

WID Frontier Fellows earn spot in Popular Science #CrowdGrant Challenge (video)

WID’s first Frontier Fellows cohort merges science, abstraction, education

Frontier Fellows’ ‘Hangbot’ sketches image and data (video)

Installation Event: ‘flickering, quivering, pulsing, sharp’


For questions about the Frontier Fellows program, contact Nolan Lendved.