Mount Holyoke encourages faculty members to apply for outside fellowships that will support and recognize their scholarly and creative work. For tenure-track faculty who receive prestigious external fellowships that can fund a semester of scholarly leave and do not meet the faculty member’s full-time regular base salary, the Dean of Faculty may provide additional funding to supplement these awards, also known as “top-up” funding.
Funding will be available to support external fellowship awards that exceed 50% of a faculty member’s full-time regular salary. The “top-up” will increase the external amount awarded not to exceed the faculty member’s full-time regular base salary. For external fellowship awards that are less than 50% of the faculty member’s full-time regular salary, faculty are expected to obtain funds from additional external sources to bring their total amount to at least 50% of their full-time base salary and then will be eligible to request “top-up” funding. The Dean of Faculty will review all top-up requests.
This policy applies to fixed fellowship awards only, not research or scholarly grant awards.
Top-up funds are granted based on:
- The external fellowship application being filed with Laura Bundesen in the College’s Office of Sponsored Research at the time of submission to the fellowship granting agency;
- Dean of Faculty office receiving a formal request for top-up funds, by email (see below); and
- Funds being available.
Requests, by email to Christina Howe (firstname.lastname@example.org), should include notice of the fellowship award, purpose, amount, and funding source; faculty are encouraged to request funds even earlier, while waiting for the final decision on an application, since funds are limited.