In order to encourage excellence in scholarship and creative work, the College annually awards internal faculty fellowships. Prizes will be awarded to the two best applications; these are the Meribeth Cameron Fellowship Prize and the Faculty Fellowship Prize. For 2015-16, a one-semester faculty fellowship is 10% of the faculty member's base salary, up to a maximum of $9,700. Fellowships are paid as salary, through payroll.
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. 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 proposal includes the following sections:
- Project description
- Identify the specific goal(s) and central question(s) of the research.
- Describe, if appropriate, the specific methods you will use to address your question.
- Illustrate how your project advances your scholarly or creative work.
- 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 longer term goals?
- Describe how you will present the results of your research: journal articles, books, performances, etc.
Eligibility: Faculty taking a sabbatical leave at reduced salary, or a scholarly leave without pay, are eligible to apply for the fellowship funding. (Faculty taking a full year of leave are eligible to apply for two semesters of funding.) The general principle is that faculty do not receive more than 100% of their base salary through this funding source in any given semester. In rare cases, exceptions will be granted if substantial costs are associated with a particular research agenda.
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 base salary. Any funding released by the use of the external award will be returned to the fellowship pool.
Deadline: The next round of faculty fellowships will be due in October 12, 2015, for leaves occurring in Spring 2016 and the 2016-17 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 email@example.com.
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
When requesting letters of support, please send your referees the following explanation and ask them to send their letters to firstname.lastname@example.org:
Mount Holyoke awards internal fellowships to help faculty members pursue scholarly work while on leave. We cannot always support every worthy project. The faculty grants committee is an interdisciplinary group. Your letter will help us to understand the scholarly currency and value of the proposed project. We realize that this is an imposition of your time. We do not need a detailed critique, but a few sentences attesting to the value of the project and the applicant’s previous work, if applicable, would be most helpful.
You may, of course, send the outside referees a more detailed description of your work than the 1,200 word application you submit to the committee.