I. Introduction

Each year Amherst College awards up to two Trustee Faculty Fellowships to untenured members of the Faculty. The Fellowship consists of full salary for one academic year of leave.

II. Eligibility

The competition is open to all untenured members of the Faculty who are in tenure-track positions and who are eligible for leave in the year for which the Fellowship is sought.

Preference is given to Faculty members who have completed their Ph.D. or equivalent and who have taught for at least two full years at the time of application.

Projects eligible for funding include activities in performing and creative arts, and all academically relevant research in the areas of the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences. Research on curriculum development and the improvement of teaching is not eligible for funding by this program.

III. Deadline

Application should be made before February 15th of the academic year preceding that for which the Fellowship is sought.

Decisions will be announced in March.

IV. Evaluation

The College particularly encourages those who seek to develop a research project different in nature or significantly broader in scope than the dissertation, but Fellowships may be obtained for any project recommended as meritorious by the Committee of Six.

The Trustee Faculty Fellowship is awarded on the basis of a research proposal. Proposals will be judged on the scholarly merit of the proposed research and on the ability of the applicant to perform the proposed research successfully. Some of the factors which will be considered are:

  1. the significance of the proposed work in relation to its contribution to the field;
  2. the extent to which the proposal reflects a well-conceived research design with reasonable promise of successful execution;
  3. evidence of scholarly promise and productivity; and,
  4. demonstrated familiarity with the literature in the field. Applications in the creative and performing arts will be judged on the basis of merit and in accordance with criteria appropriate for those areas.

V. Application Procedure

Applications should be made to the Dean of the Faculty by February 15. The application should consist of ten copies of:

  1. The research proposal, in the form of a letter to the Dean of the Faculty. The proposal should not exceed five (5) pages, single-spaced.
  2. A curriculum vitae.

VI. The Research Proposal

The proposal will be evaluated by members of the Committee of Six, some of whom may not have a specialized knowledge of an applicant's area of study. It should, therefore, be addressed to persons who will be interested in the project not only as an immediate contribution to learning in a particular field, but also as a contribution to the advancement of knowledge more generally, and to the applicant's development as a scholar.

The proposal should be narrative in form, and clearly focused and organized. It should cover the following matters:

  1. Conception and definition of the project: Applicants should describe the specific program of research planned for the year, explaining the basic ideas or questions to be explored and illustrating its approach or line of thought to the extent that these have been developed. In addition, applicants should explain the relationship of the proposed project to their immediate and long-range study or research objectives. They should also explain the relationship of their projects to the work of other scholars in the same general area. Applicants proposing to revise dissertations should provide an updated bibliography or other information indicating what preliminary revision is already under way.
  2. Significance of the project: Applicants should clearly indicate the significance of the proposed work and the contribution it will make to the humanities, natural sciences, or social sciences.
  3. Plan of work and methodology: Applicants should outline the plan of work, methodology, and schedule for the year.