Mount Holyoke Fellowship Program

The Program

Mount Holyoke's fellowship program offers dissertation fellowships and post-doctoral fellowships to those who will contribute to increasing diversity at Mount Holyoke by increasing our ethnic and racial diversity, maximizing the educational benefits of diversity and/or increasing the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of students.

Application

Mount Holyoke is a member of the Consortium for Faculty Diversity (CFD).  The Consortium is committed to increasing the diversity of students, faculty members and curricular offerings at liberal arts colleges with a particular focus on enhancing the diversity of faculty members and of applicants for faculty positions. Appointments to the fellowships are made by CFD member institutions according to local needs and local program guidelines under the general framework for dissertation fellowships and post-doctoral fellowships described by the Consortium.

We invite all interested faculty in all disciplines of the liberal arts and engineering to submit applications. Applications are pooled centrally for all member institutions to access. While there is no general application deadline, all applications received by October 31 of each year will be given fuller consideration.  Fellowship recipients must be either U.S. citizens or permanent residents committed to and willing to contribute to enhancing the diversity of Consortium colleges and their faculties.  Furthermore, candidates should have no more than five years of teaching or relevant experience before the start date of the most recent fellowship. Two types of residential fellowship awards are available under this program:

The Dissertation Fellowship

The dissertation fellowship is intended for scholars who have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. or the M.F.A. except the dissertation. This fellowship is intended for scholars in the final stage of their dissertation and aims, above all, to help the fellow complete the final requirements for the degree during the year of residency. Dissertation fellows will receive compensation equivalent to the compensation of a starting one-year instructor at the host institution. Mentoring of teaching will be provided. Modest funds could be made available to finance proposed research and scholarship. (At Mount Holyoke, a start-up account of $3,000 will be provided to each fellow.)  Modest funds, if available, allocated for these activities will be subject to the usual institutional procedures. Dissertation fellows will be expected to teach the equivalent of one semester-long course during the academic year, participate in functions such as departmental seminars, and interact regularly with students.

The Postdoctoral Fellowship

The postdoctoral fellowship is intended for scholars who have been awarded the Ph.D. or M.F.A. no later than the beginning of the fellowship year and no earlier than five years before the beginning of the fellowship year. Postdoctoral fellows will receive compensation commensurate with the salary of a full-time, one-year faculty member with comparable qualifications. Modest funds could be made available to finance proposed research, mentoring of teaching, and scholarship. (At Mount Holyoke, a start-up account of $3,000 will be provided to each fellow.) The funds allocated for these activities will be subject to the usual institutional procedures. Postdoctoral fellowship recipients will be expected to teach up to 60% of a full-time faculty's course load at a host institution (at Mount Holyoke, post-doctoral fellows will teach three courses per year), participate in departmental seminars, and interact regularly with students.

Please visit the CFD website to learn more about the application process.