Internal Grants Funding

Through the Office of the Dean of Faculty, the College provides funding each year to support research and other creative activities undertaken by the faculty of Mount Holyoke.

Proposals are reviewed and awarded through a competitive process using established guidelines and online application forms. This internal grants program is overseen by the Faculty Grants Committee composed of four elected faculty representatives from the three divisions and the dean of faculty as an ex officio member. 

For detailed guidelines and online application forms, current faculty can go to the dean of faculty resource site at

Applicants are also expected to seek financial support from sources outside the College when applying for fellowships and grants.


Continuing faculty of all ranks and full-time, visiting faculty are eligible to apply for Faculty Grants and Research Assistance Grants.  

Types of Awards

Endowed Fellowships are awarded once a year on a competitive basis to tenure-track or tenured faculty who are on scholarly leave without pay. 

Faculty Research Support Grants provide funding to help defray costs of publication, travel, professional development and other important expenses related to carrying on research.

Research Assistance Grants provide funding to pay students to work as research assistants on faculty research projects. (These funds cannot be used to support a student's independent research or student travel.) Faculty members may receive a maximum of one research assistance award per year.

Racial Equity Research and Action (RERA) Grants support the development of courses, projects and collaborative research efforts, including with students and/or faculty colleagues. The goal of this pilot initiative to create new knowledge to inform teaching, learning and research practices, and to build an academic culture that seeks to understand, analyze and challenge the intersecting systems of oppression that undergird structures of racial inequity. The program will be evaluated after 18 months or when funds are exhausted, whichever comes first.

Capstone Grants provide funding to faculty who are currently in phased retirement, or with signed retirement agreements, for multi-year capstone or legacy projects.

Emeriti Research Fund provides support for the scholarly and creative activities of retired faculty. Emeriti are eligible to apply for, and receive 1 grant per year, up to a maximum of $1,000 for funding for travel to conferences or research expenses.

For program guidelines and online application form, visit the dean of faculty resource site at