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A range of funding opportunities is available to support research, creative works, pedagogy, and curricular development.

A summary of some of the most common funding sources is provided on the NetWorks website. Those and many more are also described within the funding category links provided below. For faculty seeking guidance on appropriate uses of college funds, a statement is available here and additional advice is provided on the controller’s website.

Funding Categories

Assistant Professor Leave Grant Program

Tenure line assistant professors at Williams College are provided two semesters of paid professional leave before the tenure decision. Eligibility for an Assistant Professor (AP) Leave is restricted to assistant professors who have been reappointed to a four-year second term or whose initial appointments were for a term… Continue reading »

Class of 1963 Sustainability Development Fund

To mark their 50th reunion in 2013, the Class of 1963 established a fund to support teaching and learning on the subject of sustainability. It is meant to encourage faculty members to develop new and innovative ways to educate students on the cultural, economic, political, and scientific (or other) dimensions… Continue reading »

Freeman Foote Field Trips

To celebrate his 65th reunion in June, 2007 Dr. Joseph Lintz ’42 created an endowment to support the Freeman Foote Field Trip Fund for the Sciences. The fund provides income to support faculty-student field trips pertaining to academic courses (including tutorials) in the sciences, with a preference for Geosciences. After… Continue reading »

Global Initiatives Venture Fund

(Though COVID has made international travel and study unpredictable, we are hopeful that Global Initiative activities will increasingly become possible. We are accepting proposals and will make awards contingent on each project’s feasibility when the time comes.)  The Global Initiatives Venture Fund was established by the Class of 1962 on… Continue reading »

Mellon New Directions Fellowships

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation NEW DIRECTIONS FELLOWSHIPS Williams College has been invited to submit a nomination in Fall 2020 for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s New Directions Fellowships competition. The New Directions Fellowships provide support for exceptional faculty members in the humanities who received their doctorates between six… Continue reading »

NEH Summer Stipends

TO:           Faculty in Division I and II FROM:       Megan Konieczny, Assistant Dean of Faculty SUBJECT:     NEH Summer Stipends Each spring, the National Endowment for the Humanities selects an unspecified number of fellows to receive summer stipends of $6,000 that are intended to support two consecutive and uninterrupted months of full-time… Continue reading »

Teaching Roundtables

Each semester the Dean of the Faculty will appoint up to twelve faculty members to participate in this program. Organized into self-governed and complementary groups of four, their only responsibilities will be to meet for discussion at least six times during the semester and to organize a round-robin schedule of… Continue reading »

The Class of 1945 World Fellowship Program

The 2022-2023 Request for World Fellowship Proposals Objective: The Faculty World Fellowship Program is made possible thanks to the generosity of a 50th reunion gift from the Class of 1945. It is designed to support international research and study abroad during a semester of leave. It is also targeted toward… Continue reading »

The Class of 1957 Summer Research Program

For Faculty Members in Divisions I & II, proposing collaborative research with full-time student research assistants in the summer of 2022. Objective: This program is funded in large part by a generous gift from the Class of 1957, with the intent to encourage and enhance in-person faculty-student research collaboration on… Continue reading »

The Hellman Fellowships

The 2022-2023 Hellman Fellowships The Hellman Fellowships grant competition has been made possible by a generous gift to Williams College by The Hellman Fellows Program. Objectives of the Hellman Fellowship These grants can be used to support any significant research endeavor, either in Williamstown or while traveling. Continue reading »

The Sabbatical Salary Grant Program

The College offers two basic options in its sabbatical leave program for tenured faculty. Tenured faculty may apply either for a full sabbatical (year-long) or for a mini-sabbatical (semester-long). Sabbatical Salary Grants are awarded during a term of paid leave when external salary funding is unavailable to provide… Continue reading »

Tutorial Development Stipends

In 2001 the faculty at Williams identified the tutorial program as a curricular initiative and set out to roughly double the number of tutorials offered each year.  Some of the academic departments and programs were already accustomed to teaching tutorials, but not all.  So to promote the development… Continue reading »

Writing / Creative Endeavors Roundtables

Each semester, the Dean of the Faculty will appoint up to twelve faculty members to participate in this initiative. Organized into complementary groups of four, their only responsibilities will be to meet for discussion (online is expected during the pandemic) at least six times during the semester (and/or the summer)… Continue reading »