Faculty Fellowships

Faculty Fellowships provide supplemental salary during a faculty member's sabbatical or other scholarly leave.

In order to encourage excellence in scholarship and creative work, the College makes available $210,000 annually to award internal faculty fellowships. The two best applications will be awarded prizes; these are the Meribeth Cameron Fellowship Prize and the Faculty Fellowship Prize.

For 2017-18, a one-semester faculty fellowship is 10% of the faculty member's base salary, up to a maximum of $10,000. Fellowships are paid as salary, through payroll.  


The Faculty Fellowship program is being phased out and has limited eligibility as of July 1, 2014.  Two categories of faculty are still eligible to apply:

1) Those faculty who have not yet transitioned to the new sabbatical schedule will be eligible to apply..  Faculty taking a modified sabbatical leave at reduced salary in Spring 2017 or the 2017-18 academic year are eligible to apply.  Faculty taking a full year of leave are eligible to apply for two semesters of funding, if both semesters are at reduced salary.  (After 2016-17, all faculty will be transitioned to the new schedule.) 

2) Pre-tenure faculty hired prior to July 1, 2014 and who are requesting a second semester of leave without pay in conjunction with their post-reappointment and post-tenure leave will continue to be eligible to apply until the fall before their post-tenure leave.

Except in these two cases, fellowships for semesters of scholarly leave without pay will no longer be awarded.


The Faculty Grants Committee judges proposals on the scholarly or creative merit of the work proposed and the likelihood of successful completion or substantial progress within the fellowship period. An application consists of the following:

  • Completed online application form (the total length of the 6 narrative sections should be 1,200 words or less)
  • A current curriculum vitae (uploaded with your application form)
  • At least two letters of support from references outside the College, addressing your research accomplishments in general and the specific merits of the proposed research project

Since the Faculty Grants Committee is an interdisciplinary group, your proposal should be written for scholars who are not specialists in your field. In preparing your proposal, you should follow standards of good practice in proposal writing. The narrative portion of the application includes the following sections:

  1. Project description
  2. Identify the specific goal(s) and central question(s) of the research.
  3. Describe, if appropriate, the specific methods you will use to address your question.
  4. Illustrate how your project advances your scholarly or creative work.
  5. Present a convincing case that the research project is feasible, given the time available. If the project is, for example, part of a book, how does this specific piece fit into your long-term goals?
  6. Describe how you will present the results of your research: journal articles, books, performances, etc.

Letters of Support

When requesting letters of support, please send your referees the following explanation and ask them to send their letters to fac-grant-web@mtholyoke.edu:

"Mount Holyoke awards internal fellowships to help faculty members pursue scholarly work while on leave. We cannot always support every worthy project. The Faculty Fellowships and Grants Committee is an interdisciplinary group. Your letter will help us to understand the scholarly currency and value of the proposed project. We do not need a detailed critique; a brief letter attesting to the value of the project and the applicant’s previous work, if applicable, would be most helpful."

Faculty may choose to send outside referees a more detailed description of their work other than the 1,200 word application you submit to the committee.

External Funding

If an application for external funding is successful after a Mount Holyoke fellowship is awarded, the faculty member must notify the Dean of Faculty. The external award can be used along with the fellowship to equal but not exceed the faculty member's regular base salary. Any funding released by the use of the external award will be returned to the fellowship pool.


The next round of faculty fellowships will be due September 26, 2016 and January 16, 2017, for leaves occurring in Spring 2017 and the 2017-18 academic year. Please be clear and please respect the 1,200 word limit. The letters of support are due on the same date and should be submitted electronically by your referees to fac-grant-web@mtholyoke.edu.

Application form