Research Grants

Faculty Grant Awards are for supplementary assistance to help defray costs of publication, travel, and other important but relatively small expenses of carrying on research. Our goal is to make the work possible, not to cover every expense. Lean proposals and those involving cost-sharing are viewed more favorably. A total of $108,000 is available for faculty research grants. In 2014-15, the average award was under $2,700.

Funds are limited; please also check for external sources such as your disciplinary societies. Faculty are expected to exhaust their Annual Travel Allowance prior to applying for additional travel funds.  Faculty may only be awarded one of these grants each academic year.

The Faculty Grants Committee judges a Faculty Grant proposal on the significance of the stated goals, the feasibility of the project, and the expected product or outcome of the proposed research. Since the Faculty Grants Committee is an interdisciplinary group, your proposal should be written for scholars who are not specialists in your field.

Eligibility: Grants may be used only while the recipient is under contract to Mount Holyoke College. No retroactive requests are granted (such as reimbursing expenses associated with a previously attended conference or completed scholarly work).

Deadlines: There will be three deadlines annually. Applications are due online by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 12, 2015; Monday, January 18, 2016; or Monday, April 18, 2016. Please respect the word limit (500 words).

An application consists of the following information:

  1. A brief description of the proposed project (500 words or less) that touches on the above points
  2. If prior College support has been awarded for the same project, you must include a statement of what was accomplished with that prior support
  3. A detailed budget (See the lists of allowable and non-allowable expenses below.)
  4. If you are requesting funds to attend a conference, please explain how attendance would further your scholarly work. Supporting materials such as the conference program or a letter of invitation help the committee evaluate your proposal. Documentation of prospective costs (registration, lodging, etc) is also helpful.
  5. If you are requesting support for publication costs, please explain why the venue for publication was chosen, especially if you are seeking funds for Open Access fees.
  6. Information on other support for project or a statement that no such support is available
  7. Documentation to support your request. Please include invitation/acceptance letters for conferences, invoices for page charges, etc.

Please note: All grant expenses must comply with purchasing and travel and reimbursement policies set out by the College. See for more information.

Common expenses supported through research grants include:

  • Supplementary conference travel (when Annual Travel Allowance has been exhausted)
  • Travel or housing costs associated with research and other professional work
  • Specialized software or data products not already available through LITS
  • Expenses associated with publication (e.g., page charges, indexing fees, proofreader fees)
  • Photocopying and transcription fees
  • Outside laboratory expenses for analytical work that cannot be done at Mount Holyoke (e.g., radiocarbon dating, tissue analysis)

The following expenses are not supported:

  • Student travel, stipends or wages (student research travel funds can be requested through the UAF process; student wages can be requested through the Research Assistance Grants)
  • Course-related expenses and curriculum development projects that are not related to faculty research
  • Disposable supplies (these should be routinely paid for using departmental budgets)
  • Travel expenses for dependents
  • Honoraria

Application Form