Upcoming Application Deadlines for the 2023-2024 Radcliffe Fellowship

Radcliffe fellows are exceptional scientists, writers, scholars, public intellectuals, practitioners, and artists whose work is making a difference in their professional fields and in the larger world.

Based in Radcliffe Yard—a sanctuary in the heart of Harvard University—fellows join a uniquely interdisciplinary and creative community. A fellowship at Radcliffe is an opportunity to step away from usual routines and dive deeply into a project. With access to Harvard’s unparalleled resources, Radcliffe fellows develop new tools and methods, challenge artistic and scholarly conventions, and illuminate our past and our present.

Applications in humanities, social sciences, and creative arts are due by September 8, 2022, and applications in science, engineering, and mathematics are due by September 29, 2022.

Please visit: Become a Fellow to learn more. 

For additional questions, please contact the Amherst College Grants Office or fellowships@radcliffe.harvard.edu.

Guggenheim Fellowships Workshop & Panel Discussion

Guggenheim Fellowships can feel mysterious but there are resources that can help demystify the application process and selection criteria for this prestigious fellowship. Below are a couple of videos that we recommend watching if you are considering applying for this opportunity.

On Monday, May 16, 2022, UMass Offices of Faculty Development and Foundation Relations, in collaboration with Amherst College, hosted the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for a workshop on the Guggenheim Fellowship. Though the workshop is not publicly viewable, members of the Amherst College community can request access to the recorded session by emailing ofd@umass.edu

In addition to the May workshop, please check out this video of recent Guggenheim Fellows describing how they succeeded with their applications.

"Guggenheim Fellowships: Advice from Awardees at Liberal Arts Colleges" (8/11/20)

(Note that the transmission gets clearer after the first few minutes.)

Panelists:

  • Myriam J.A. Chancy, Hartley Burr Alexander Chair in the Humanities at Scripps College
  • John Cort, Professor Emeritus of Asian and Comparative Religions at Denison University
  • Pradip Malde, Professor of Art at the University of the South
  • Philip Metres, Professor of English at John Carroll University

All four of the panelists applied for the Guggenheim more than once before winning. Dr. Chancy subsequently served as a reviewer for the fellowship competition, so her remarks are especially helpful.

Stay tuned for the next Guggenheim Fellowship deadline. Deadlines are typically announced in August with applications due in mid September.


National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has invited nominations for its 2022 Summer Stipends Program. Amherst College may nominate up to two faculty applications for consideration.

This program aims to stimulate new research in the humanities and its publication.  The program works to accomplish this goal by providing small awards to individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars and general audiences.  These stipends can support projects at any stage of development, but are most effective for early-stage research and late-stage writing.  

Successful applicants receive $6,000 for work on a humanities project.  Recipients must work full time on their projects for two consecutive months and may hold other research grants supporting the same project during this time.  Summer stipends normally support work carried out during the summer months, but arrangements can be made for other times of the year.

Please submit an electronic version of your proposal along with an updated, two-page curriculum vitae to Janet Tobin in the Provost's office by Friday, August 19, 2022, so the Faculty Executive Committee can determine whom to recommend.  For those nominated, the NEH deadline for the full application, which is submitted electronically, is Wednesday, September 21, 2022.

Tenure-track and tenured faculty must be nominated by the college to apply for a summer stipend from the NEH; Amherst is permitted to nominate up to two faculty each year. Non-tenure-track faculty, visitors, and staff who will not be teaching during the 2022–2023 academic year are eligible to apply without nomination.

The NEH hosted a webinar describing the application and nomination processes and offering application writing tips.  Detailed guidelines, links to sample proposals and program webinars, and NEH-required forms are available on the NEH website.  

Please contact Michael Stein in the Grants Office for more information and tips for preparing a competitive NEH proposal.  

We Are Pleased to Introduce the New Grants Office Team

Spring 2022

Jamin Weeks, Associate Director, Grants Office joined Amherst College in January 2022. Jamin specializes in federal funding proposals working in support of institutional priorities in STEM and faculty grantseekers with a focus on the sciences, mathematics and the social sciences. 

Michael Stein, Associate Director, Grants Office joined Amherst College in April 2022. Michael works with private foundations and grantseekers at the college to secure funding for institutional, academic and faculty initiatives.

Danielle Thompson, Assistant, Grants Office joined Amherst College in February 2022. Danielle keeps the Grant Office records and assists with research, review of proposals, reporting and other administrative tasks for the office.

For more information and full bios, visit our Meet the Team page.

The Grants Office is being led by Jack Cheney, Samuel A. Hitchcock Professor of Mineralogy and Geology, Associate Provost and Associate Dean of the Faculty, who is serving as the INTERIM Director

We look forward to working with you. Please be in touch to discuss your funding interests or let us know if there is any other way we can be of assistance. 

 

Submission Process & Timeline for Getting in Touch

If you are planning to submit a grant or fellowship proposal within the next six months, we ask that you contact us as soon as possible. Faculty and staff seeking federal funding should contact Jamin Weeks; those seeking funding from other sources should contact Michael Stein.

Plan to submit a GrantsLink form at least 8-10 days before you intend to submit any proposal through Amherst. You can continue to develop the proposal after the GrantsLink is circulated, but advance notice is essential so there is enough time to flag any potential issues related to IT support, subawards, or contributions promised by Amherst College. 

The Grants office will review all proposals prior to submission by the Controller’s office. For complex federal research proposals, the budget and all supporting documents must be ready for review by the Grants Office at least one week (5 business days) before the submission deadline. Jamin and Michael will work with you on a timeline for reviewing other types of proposals. 

GrantForward Subscription is Yours to Explore

Amherst College now has a subscription to GrantForward's funding opportunities database, which anyone with an amherst.edu address should be able to access. Choose the "Log In" link and then re-set your password. To learn more about GrantForward's features, checking out its substantial support resources.

Amherst faculty are welcome to set up a GrantForward profile, which will permit them to share their research interests (if they wish), save searches, and "bookmark" recurring grant and fellowship awards for a future year.

Watch for more details about GrantForward in the coming months.

Questions? Contact the Grants Office

Recording: ACLS Fellowships

The ACLS Fellowships competition is now restricted to *untenured* faculty members who earned their PhDs no more than eight years ago. Does that describe you? Then you may be interesting in viewing this 2020 panel presentation: "ACLS Fellowships: Advice from Winners at Liberal Arts Colleges."

"ACLS Fellowships: Advice from Winners at Liberal Arts Colleges" (8/7/20)

Three ACLS fellows - all of whom were untenured at the time of their awards - explain how they approached the grant competition.

Panelists:

  • Eduardo Moncada, asst. professor of political science at Barnard College
  • Christina Neilson, assoc. professor of Renaissance and Baroque art history at Oberlin College
  • Brent Rodriguez-Plate, professor of religious studies and media studies at Hamilton College

Stay tuned for the next ACLS fellowship deadlines, which are typically in the Fall and Winter.


Ford Foundation Webinar (Video Link)

Good news! You can watch the October 9, 2020 "Ford Fellowships: Advice from Winners at Liberal Arts Colleges" webinar here.*

"Ford Fellowships: Advice from Winners at Liberal Arts Colleges"

The panel discussion features three Ford Fellowship winners: Martha-Elizabeth Baylor (Carleton College), LeRhonda Manigault-Bryant (Williams College), and Taneisha Means (Vassar College). The webinar is gold for anyone who plans to apply for Ford Foundation’s fellowship program for early-career faculty this fall (or in the future) and would like to know how colleagues at other liberal arts colleges have approached the competition.

If you have questions about the Ford Fellowship, contact Grants Office Director Lisa Stoffer at grantsoffice@amherst.edu.

*Our gratitude to Susan Ferrari for facilitating the panel and Christopher Tassava and Carleton College for making the recording possible.


Call for Curriculum Development Proposals (Mellon "Humanities for All Times")

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has invited Amherst College to submit curricular-development proposals under its "Humanities for All Times" initiative. The goal of the initiative is to increase humanities enrollments among a broad and diverse undergraduate population by clearly articulating the distinctive aims and methods of humanistic analysis and demonstrating the importance of such analysis for the social-justice objectives to which so many students are committed. Approximately 10 grants of up to $1.5 million with a two- to three-year duration will be awarded to teams generating innovative curricula, pedagogies, projects, and, where relevant, scholarship that meet the terms of the call. Collaborations with partner organizations both within and beyond the academy are encouraged. 
 
The Center for Humanistic Inquiry is collecting proposal ideas and will coordinate efforts with the Grants Office and other partners to help applicants develop their proposals. Up to three proposals can be submitted by the college to Mellon. Submit your initial ideas, at any stage of development, by Friday, May 21 at 4:30 p.m. (login required).
 

Franklin Research Grants (Dec. 1)

The American Philosophical Society's Franklin Research Grants support the costs of travel to libraries and archives for research purposes; the purchase of microfilm, photocopies, or equivalent research materials; the costs associated with fieldwork; or laboratory research expenses.

The application, which requires two letters of support, is traditionally due on: 

  • October 1, for a January decision for work from February through the following January.
  • December 1, for a March decision for work from April through the following January.

Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation

The Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation offers fellowships for New England college professors to "study abroad at some location.. other than that which they are most closely associated." The aim? "To stimulate and broaden the minds of teachers so as to improve and enhance the quality of their classroom instruction." Awards support travel-related expenses, including transportation, lodging and meals. Last year, the MJW Foundation received 63 applications and made 30 awards totaling $162,281, or approximately $5,410 per fellowship. .

DEADLINE: January. Details to be announced.