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Travel and Research Support

faculty and students

The Provost's Office supports the faculty's development as scholars and researchers by providing funds to support faculty research and faculty travel to professional meetings.

Faculty Research Support

Full-time and regular part-time members of the faculty may request up to a total of $1,750 (pro-rated for part-time faculty) for each academic year to cover expenses incurred in connection with a research project. These funds can be used to support the preparation of lengthy manuscripts or publications (except textbooks); the purchase of equipment and supplies (which then become the property of the college); stipends for research assistants; travel expenses for research; and duplication costs. A call for requests will be issued early in the fall and spring semesters from the Provost's Office; the Application for Research Support [pdf] should be submitted at that time.

Collaborative Research with Students

Funds are available through each division to support student and faculty collaborative research and independent student research during the summer.

Faculty Travel

The College encourages faculty members to take part in professional meetings, to keep in touch with fellow scholars, and to stay up to date with the most advanced thought in their individual fields. The College therefore reimburses full-time members of the faculty (Professors, Associate Professors, Assistant Professors, and Instructors) for a major part of the expenses incurred in attending meetings of learned or professional societies.

Currently, all college-sponsored travel is restricted (more information may be found by reading the COVID-19 FAQs for Staff and Faculty).   However, faculty members may participate in virtual conferences and otherwise participate in remote meetings  of learned communities.   During the 20-21 academic year, full-time faculty members have up to $1,075 to use for registration and other fees associated with remote participation. 

Receipts are required; the Faculty Travel Reimbursement form [pdf] must be completed and sent to Jennifer Piddington, Provost's Office.

For additional information, see the Faculty Travel section of the Handbook for Instructional Staff [pdf].

Provost's Discretionary Fund

A gift from Eugene Lang provides the Provost with a fund to support scholarship and/or curriculum development by tenure-track assistant professors and associate professors who have received tenure within the past six years.

As funds permit, grants of $500 to $3000 may be made to subsidize unusual expenses such as the subvention required by a press in order to publish a book or the cost of reproduction rights. A grant might supplement the regular travel allowance if one is giving a peer-reviewed paper. A grant might also support curriculum development and the cost of preparing and carrying out a special prototype faculty initiative to provide a learning experience for students in a particular course, discipline or student group; it could support organizing and carrying out a particular-interest faculty conference, or a particular discipline-relevant collaboration with another college or professional or community group. In exceptional cases, the award may provide for a course replacement (requiring up to $6000), but it does not fund a second semester of leave. It does not provide for the purchase of equipment normally provided by the College.

The Provost will review requests twice a year, at the beginning of each semester, normally October 15 and February 1. Proposals should include:

  1. a description of what is needed and why, with a time frame for concluding the overall project and a specific budget;
  2. one paragraph explaining how the proposal fits into larger career goals;
  3. a statement from your department chair confirming the desirability of a grant; and
  4. a curriculum vitae. On conclusion of the agreed-upon grant period, a written report will be required, together with a photocopy of any publication or paper delivered (with the conference program).