Research Assistance Grants

Research Assistance Grants are made to faculty to pay students to work as research assistants on faculty research projects.

A total of $30,000 annually is available for Research Assistance Grants. In 2014-15, the average Research Assistance Grant award was less than $2,200.


Continuing faculty of all ranks and full-time, visiting faculty are eligible to submit proposals for Research Assistance Grants.  Proposals may be submitted by individual faculty members, groups of faculty, academic departments or programs, or LITS. The grantee is responsible for identifying and hiring the student(s) who will work on the supported project. Grants may be used only while the recipient is under contract to Mount Holyoke College. Applicants may only be awarded one of these grants each academic year.


The tasks for which students are employed should have significant educational content and should allow the students to learn valuable research skills.

Students employed through these grants should work 8-10 hours per week for either one or two semesters during the academic year (September 9, 2015 to May 7, 2016) and should not be employed in another work-study job.  Students cannot be paid for work for which they simultaneously receive academic credit. These grants cannot be used to employ a student researcher over the summer months. Students seeking summer research positions should apply through the Lynk UAF process.

The Faculty Fellowships and Grants Committee is an interdisciplinary group, and so your proposal should be written for scholars who are not specialists in your field. An application consists of the following:

  1. A brief description of the proposed project (500 words or less) that discusses the methods, expected results, and expected products or outcomes of the project
  2. A brief discussion of the work the student will be hired to do, and how that work will benefit the faculty member's research
  3. A cost-effective budget
  4. Information on other support for the project, if such support is available


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.

Application form