Faculty Grants Committee

The Faculty Grants Committee is charged with the responsibility of awarding funds to support research and other creative activities undertaken by the faculty of Mount Holyoke College.

As provided for in Faculty Legislation, the College makes available, through a competitive application process, grants and fellowships to support faculty research.  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.  The Faculty Fellowship program is being phased out and has limited eligibility.

Types of Awards

The Faculty Fellowship program is being phased out and has limited eligibility.  Faculty who have not yet transitioned to the new sabbatical schedule and pre-tenure faculty hired prior to July 1, 2014 are eligible to apply, and must be receiving reduced pay during the period of leave.

Faculty Research Support Grants provide funding to help defray costs of publication, travel, and other important expenses related to carrying on research.  (Before applying for travel to go to conferences, faculty must exhaust their annual travel allowance.)

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.)

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 a maximum of $1,500 each year for funding for travel to conferences or research expenses. 


Faculty Fellowship proposals are due Monday, September 26, 2016 and January 16,2017.  

There are three rounds to submit proposals to the other grant categories: Monday, September 26, 2016; Monday, January 16, 2017 and Monday, April 24, 2017.

Faculty Grants Committee 

  • Div I: Corinne Demas, 2016-2019
  • Div II: Barbara Lerner, 2016-2019
  • Div III: Steve Schmeiser, 2016-2019
  • Interdisciplinary: Jennifer Wallace Jacoby, 2015-2018
  • Dean of Faculty

The work of Faculty Grants Committee is supported, in part, by the College's Office of Foundation Relations and Sponsored Research.  For general questions, contact Dyan Wiley, Associate Director by email or by calling x2204.