Research Assistance grants are made to faculty to pay students working as research assistants on faculty research projects. A total of $30,000 is available for Research Assistance Grants. In 2014-15, the average Research Assistance Grant award was less than $2,200.
As with proposals for Faculty Fellowships and Faculty Grants, proposals for Research Assistance Grants will be reviewed by the Faculty Grants Committee. This committee is an interdisciplinary group, and so 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, as described above in the Faculty Fellowships and Faculty Grants sections.
Eligibility: The tasks for which the 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. (NOTE: Students seeking summer research positions should apply through the Lynk UAF process.) Students cannot be paid for work for which they simultaneously receive academic credit. Proposals for Research Assistance grants 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.
Deadlines: There will be three deadlines annually. Applications are due online by 5:00 pm on either Monday, October 12, 2015; Monday, January 18, 2016; or Monday, April 18, 2016.
An application consists of the following:
- A brief description of the proposed project (ordinarily 500 words or less) that discusses the methods, expected results, and expected products or outcomes of the project
- A brief discussion of the work the student will be hired to do, and how that work will benefit the faculty member's research
- A cost-effective budget
- Information on other support for project, if such support is available