Internal Grants & Support

Grants Committee

The Grants Committee, comprised of six elected faculty members, reviews and recommends the recipients of Barnard Faculty Research Grants and Special Assistant Professor Leave Supplements, COOL Grants, the Gildersleeve Professorship, the Presidential Research Award, and the Tow Award for Innovative and Outstanding Pedagogy. 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 do not go through the Grants Committee, and faculty may apply on a rolling basis. For guidelines and the application, please visit Forms and Guidelines.


2016-2017 Internal Grants Deadlines:  

Friday, October 7th

Barnard Faculty Research Grants Deadline 1

Friday, November 18th
Barnard Faculty Research Grants Deadline 2

Friday, January 27th

Tow Award for Innovative and Outstanding Pedagogy Proposals Deadline

Barnard Faculty Research Grants Deadline 3 

Friday, March 3rd

Presidential Research Awards Deadline

Gildersleeve Proposals Deadline

Friday, March 31st

Barnard Faculty Research Grants Deadline 4

COOL Grants Deadline


Barnard Faculty Research Grants & SAPL Supplements

Faculty Research Grants provide up to $4,000 per year in funding to support scholarly research for full-time tenure-track, tenure-eligible, and non-tenure eligible reviewed and renewed faculty not in their terminal year. When a convincing justification is provided and funds are available, larger grants of up to $8,000 may be made available to support projects that extend over two fiscal years, but in no cases will grants exceed $8,000 over a two-year period. 

Special Assistant Professor Leave (SAPL) Supplements are available for Assistant Professors on leave during their fourth year following a successful third-year review. The supplement is a one-time grant that allows for incremental funding of an amount not to exceed $12,000 over any two-year period of faculty eligibility inclusive of Faculty Research Grants already issued, and must be justified by application and clear sense of need.

For more information, please visit Forms and Guidelines.

Cool Grants

The Grants Committee invites proposals for projects to continue the development of digital and innovative pedagogical and research projects begun by the Committee on Online and On-Campus Learning (COOL). Proposals can be in any one of the four areas recommended in the COOL report: 1) course development; 2) materials for teaching and learning to be shared beyond Barnard: 3) innovative in-person and on-site learning outside of course settings; and 4) research. Projects may be one-time initiatives, repeatable in the future, or those that will lead to larger initiatives in years to come. Projects may range in size and budget up to $25,000.

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. For a list of past recipients, please visit this page.

Presidential Research Award

This 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.

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), the development of new pedagogy, or other related activities.

Faculty Conference Travel Grants

The one-year (July 1st through June 30th) amount for faculty conference travel is $2,900 for full-time officers of instruction on a multi-year appointment. These funds do not carry over year to year. Eligible reimbursable expenses include domestic and international travel associated with scholarly presentations and conferences, and include hotel, meal, incidental travel, and registration costs. For more information, please visit Forms and Guidelines