The Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs provides one year of support for the research activities of a University of Minnesota faculty member on a project related to urban and regional affairs in Minnesota.
Funds may be used to obtain release time or other support for the project and may be used for either new or current projects. Previous holders of the chair have used this support to complete projects on population changes in Minnesota, employee turnover and retention rates at Minnesota companies, and the impact of computer networks on civic life in rural Minnesota communities.
About the program
The Fesler-Lampert Chair is one of four endowed chairs made possible through the generosity and vision of David and Elizabeth Fesler to honor Mr. Fesler’s grandfathers, Bert Fesler and Jacob Lampert. The endowment is intended to stimulate interdisciplinary research and teaching through the appointment of distinguished, broadly learned scholars to endowed faculty positions at the University of Minnesota. The award is given biannually or as endowment funds are available.
An announcement regarding the competition for the Fesler-Lampert Chair is sent to faculty during spring semester in years when the award is to be given, and the deadline for receipt of application materials is generally mid-February. The next application cycle will be in the Fall 2020/Spring 2021.