"Top-Up" Funds for Externally-Funded Fellowships

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.

Request Process

Requests, by email to Christina Howe (chowe@mtholyoke.edu), 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.