Awards & Grants

Faculty Funding Opportunities at Wellesley College

Several avenues for funding for research, course development, and conference travel are available to Wellesley College faculty members.

Annual Conference Travel Funds (Entitlement)

Annual funds allocated for participation at professional or scholarly meetings.

Faculty Research Awards (Application Required)

Small grants awarded to support scholarly activities and supplement scholarly travel.

Educational Research and Development (Application Required)

Small grants to support the development of new departmental courses, and revise existing departmental courses.  Additional grants for team-teaching and experimental course design.

CLCE Award (Application and Entitlement Options)

Small grants to support lectures and cultural events that enhance the intellectual and cultural life of the Wellesley College community, includes annual funds available for individual faculty members to host classroom lectures.

Membership at Harvard University’s Widener Library (Entitlement)

Annual membership fee subsidized by the Office of the Provost.

The Office of Sponsored Research

The Office of Sponsored Research supports faculty members in all disciplines by providing information about appropriate sources of external grant and fellowship support for their research and by working with them to prepare grant proposals and budgets. In addition, the director serves as a liaison to faculty on responsibilities relating to grant administration and compliance with regulations concerning expenditure of federal funds.

Additional Research Support Grants

Due to the disruption to research and scholarly activity during the pandemic, the Provost’s Office is making available to all eligible associate and assistant professors for AY2021-22 & AY2022-23 additional research support grants.  There is no deadline to submit and the funding will be available from July 1 to June 30 of each academic year, though any remaining balances will not carry over.  This grant will be reimbursable (except if it is used to support child care expenses, in which case, as with Faculty Awards grants for childcare, it will have fringe deducted and will be treated as taxable income).  Faculty may supplement this special research support grant with regular funding from FRAC. 

If interested, please see the links below to submit the applicable form for FY23:

Additional Research Funding for Associate Professors

Additional Research Funding for Assistant Professors