Research Associates

The Program

Research Associates are qualified individuals seeking a connection with Mount Holyoke to further their research or academic agenda.  Eligible candidates are those with active academic interests holding advanced post-baccalaureate degrees, including those who previously taught full-time at one of the Five Colleges, partners or spouses of faculty members employed at one of the Five Colleges, and independent scholars in the Pioneer Valley without an appointment at one of the Five Colleges. Sponsorship from, or a connection to, one of Mount Holyoke’s academic departments and programs is required. 

During the period of appointment, all Research Associates are expected to be in residence in the Five College area and to collaborate with colleagues based at one or more of the Five College institutions.  Research Associates will have access to Five College archival and other library resources.  This is an unpaid appointment; travel, housing, and living expenses are the responsibility of the Research Associate. Office space and Mount Holyoke email addresses are not available.

Research Associates who have previously held full-time faculty status at Mount Holyoke may be eligible to submit grant proposals with principle investigator status through the Office of Sponsored Research with the approval of the Dean of Faculty.  In these cases, lab or office space may be made available.  Any salaries paid to a Research Associate as a result of receiving a grant will be in compliance with Mount Holyoke policies for compensation.  These positions will carry staff status and benefits where applicable. 


We invite candidates, and nominations from departments or programs for Mount Holyoke’s Research Associate Program to submit materials for consideration.  Local scholars, research scientists, and creative artists with active projects involving research, teaching, or public engagements are welcome to apply.

Appointments are made throughout the year, for a period of two years.  Applications from candidates will require a project proposal (up to three pages in length), a curriculum vitae, and contact information for two professional references.  Project proposals should include 1) statement about the contribution to and significance of the project or dissertation for research and teaching the specific discipline, 2) a detailed description of the project or dissertation and timeline, 3) a statement about the contribution and significance of your project or dissertation for research and teaching in the field and 4) how an affiliation with Mount Holyoke College will advance the project or dissertation.  Please also provide the name(s) of any professional or personal faculty partner(s) in the Five Colleges. 

An Associateship may be renewed or extended with the approval of the sponsoring department and the Dean of Faculty.  Sequential applications must demonstrate significant progress and benefit of continued affiliation with Mount Holyoke.

Please submit the required materials to the Office of the Dean of Faculty.  For further information, contact the Dean of Faculty’s office at (413) 538-3093.