Capstone Grants for Retiring Faculty

Capstone Grants are intended to support faculty work on scholarly or creative projects during the transition to retirement. 

Grants of up to $4,000 will be awarded for multi-year projects.  These multi-year projects can be completed during the three years of phased retirement, and/or up to two years after retirement.  (Please note that emeriti faculty are eligible to keep their research accounts open for two years after their official retirement date.)

This grant program was originally established as part of an ACE-Sloan award to Mount Holyoke College for Best Practices for Faculty Retirement Transitions.  The Dean of Faculty now contributes the funding to support these awards as an ongoing commitment to support for retiring and retired faculty.


Faculty who are currently in phased retirement, or with signed retirement agreements, are invited to submit proposals for capstone or legacy projects of scholarly or creative work.  Each faculty member is only eligible to receive one Capstone Grant.  


The Faculty Grants Committee judges proposals on the significance of the stated goals, the feasibility of the project, and the expected product or outcome of the proposed research.  The Faculty Fellowships and Grants Committee is an interdisciplinary group, and so your proposal should be written for scholars who are not specialists in your field.  An application consists of the following information:

  1. Please include the words "Capstone Grant" in your project title.
  2. A brief description of the proposed project
    1. If you are requesting travel funds, explain how this travel would further your scholarly work.  (If these funds are for travel to a conference, include a statement that you have exhausted your annual travel allowance, or have plans to exhaust those funds, before using grant funds.)  Documentation of prospective costs (registration, lodging, etc) should be included in your budget.
    2. If you are requesting support for publication costs, explain why the venue for publication was chosen, especially if you are seeking funds for Open Access fees.
    3. If prior College support has been awarded for the same project, include a statement of what was accomplished with that prior support
  3. A detailed budget (Please see the lists of allowable and non-allowable expenses on the Research Support Grants webpage.)
  4. Information on other support for project or a statement that no such support is available
  5. Any other documentation to support your request (e.g. conference program, invitation/acceptance letters for conferences, invoices for page charges, etc.)

All grant expenses must comply with purchasing and travel and reimbursement policies set out by the College.


There will be three deadlines annually. Applications are due online by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 24, 2018, Monday, January 14, 2019, and  Monday, April 22, 2019.

Application Form