Faculty Fellowships

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

Mount Holyoke reviews and awards these fellowships once a year through an online application process submitted in the January grants cycle.  Proposals must outline a program of research, study, writing or other creative work to advance the applicant’s professional growth and effectiveness as a scholar and teacher.  Applications submitted by the published deadlines are reviewed and approved by the Faculty Grants Committee.   To request "top-up" funds to supplement an externally-funded fellowship, see the guidelines link on the left side of this page.

There are two types of fellowship funding available to eligible faculty:

Endowed Fellowships 

There are two fellowships, the Meribeth E. Cameron and the Mount Holyoke Fellowship, that are supported by funding from generous donors.  These fellowships, in the amount of $10,000 each, are awarded on a competitive basis to tenure-track faculty who are on a scholarly leave without pay.  These awards can be used in combination with any other fellowship funding (external or internal) to equal, but not exceed the faculty member's regular base salary.

Internal Faculty Fellowships

This category of fellowship will be phased out in the coming years, as faculty transition to the new sabbatical plan, and has limited eligibility restricted to:

  • Faculty who have not yet transitioned to the new sabbatical schedule, and are on a modified sabbatical leave at reduced salary, are eligible to apply for this fellowship during their last leave on the old schedule.  By 2017-18, all faculty will have transitioned to the new schedule.
  • 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.

These awards can be used along with any other fellowship funding (external or internal) to equal, but not exceed the faculty member's regular base salary. 

 In 2018-19, a one-semester faculty fellowship in this category is 10% of the faculty member’s base salary, up to a maximum of $10,000.

Application Guidelines

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 process is as follows:

  • Leave plans for 2019-20 are submitted to Christina Howe in the Dean of Faculty office by Friday, November 2, 2018
  • Submit completed online application form by the January 14, 2019 deadline (total length of the 6 narrative sections should be 1,200 words or less)
  • A current curriculum vitae is uploaded with your application form
  • Upload 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 an internal Mount Holyoke fellowship is awarded, the faculty member must notify Christina Howe in the Dean of Faculty office. The external award can be used along with the fellowship to equal but not exceed the faculty member's regular base salary. Any internal award funds released by the use of the external award will be returned to the fellowship funding pool.


There is ONE deadline for fellowship applications in the winter cycle (January 14, 2019) for leaves occurring the following 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.  Other questions should be directed to Christina Howe (chowe@mtholyoke.edu) in the Dean of Faculty office.  

Application form