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Internal Grants & Support

Grants Committee

The Faculty Grants Committee, comprised of six elected faculty members, reviews and recommends the recipients of the Presidential Research Award, minigrants, travel grants, the Special Assistant Professor Leave program, and the Gildersleeve Professorship. The Committee also advises the Provost on policies and practices related to internal grants. All questions about the Committee or the College's grant policies should be directed to Associate Provost Patricia Denison.

Faculty Conference Travel Grants

$4,000 ($2,000 maximum per year plus $1,000 international supplement for air fare) available over a two year period for faculty to travel and present at scholarly conferences. For more information see the guidelines.

Faculty Research Minigrants

Small grants of up to $8,000 for a two year project that fund pilot projects that will eventually result in major sponsored research grant proposals and small scholarly projects that would not qualify for external grants either because of their size or subject matter. For more information see the guidelines. Please send applications for the Environmental Science Mini-Grant Program (grants up to $5,000) to the attention of Martin Stute.

Gildersleeve Professorships

The Virginia C. Gildersleeve Fund was made possible by a gift fund from the Barnard Alumnae Association in 1957, on the occasion of Miss Gildersleeve's eightieth birthday. The fund is used to bring visiting scholars, preferably women from abroad, to the Barnard campus. Gildersleeve Professors may come to Barnard either for a full semester or, as has been more generally the case in recent years, for a single week in which they deliver a public lecture, attend a dinner in their honor given by the Provost/Dean of the Faculty, and engage in other activities arranged by the hosting academic department. Selection is made by the Grants Committee. Nominations are solicited from faculty members by the Provost/Dean of the Faculty in the fall through an announcement in the Barnard Newsletter.

Global Symposium Faculty Fellows

Each March, Barnard hosts a global symposium on women and leadership, “Women Changing…”. Past events have been held in Beijing, Dubai, Johannesburg, Mumbai, and Sao Paulo, before audiences of between 200-500 attendees. More information on the global symposia can be found at http://barnard.edu/global/symposia/past-symposia. For the past three years, Barnard has brought a small cohort of faculty to the event, to moderate panels, engage with panelists and audience members, participate in research related to their fields and create and solidify collaborations and connections with women in the region. The expectation is that these connections and projects undertaken in conjunction with the symposia be brought back to campus to contribute to faculty teaching, research and curriculum development; on-campus projects; or visits to campus by international scholars and activists.

Mellon Summer Grants in Translation Studies

As part of the “Faculty Focus on Translation Studies,” supported by a four-year grant from the Mellon Foundation, the Grants Committee invites proposals from full-time continuing Barnard faculty of all ranks wishing to develop new courses in the area of translation studies. These grants will provide a $3,000 stipend to up to four faculty members who wish to introduce an undergraduate course focusing on issues of translation, understood to include the practice of translation and interpretation and/or, more broadly, the analysis of the complex relations of language across cultures.

Presidential Research Award

The program provides $100,000 that is divided among three to six faculty research projects. The projects should expand knowledge, probe new ground, and have the potential for major impact; build upon a faculty member’s record of productivity and creativity; and culminate in scholarly publication(s), with broader dissemination desirable as well—connecting Barnard to New York City, the nation, the world.

Special Assistant Professor Leaves

Minigrants available for Special Assistant Professor Leaves for writing and research (awardees must be demonstrably excellent undergraduate teachers in addition to showing promise of development as scholars of university stature, as confirmed by the department’s third-year review).

Tow Award for Innovative and Outstanding Pedagogy

The Tow Award recognizes an exemplary member of the Barnard Faculty who combines scholarship and pedagogy in creative ways, maximizing the impacts of both. The selection process has two phases: the screening process conducted by the Grants Committee and the final selection process decided by the President and the Provost, in consultation with the Appointments, Tenure and Promotion Committee. One recipient will be recognized each year and will receive a $10,000 research/professional development fund that can be spent over five years to further innovative pedagogies. Awards may be used for travel, conference attendance, course release (at internal rate of $7,500/semester), to development of new pedagogy, or other related activities.