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, Fund for Innovation in Teaching grants, the Gildersleeve Professorship, the Presidential Research Award, the Tow Award for Innovative and Outstanding Pedagogy, and Inclusive Pedagogy Fund grants. 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 Reshmi Mukherjee. Faculty should contact Bobby O'Rourke in the Provost Office about their existing grants before applying for new funds.
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.
2018-2019 Internal Grants Deadlines:
Tuesday, October 9th
Barnard Faculty Research Grants Deadline 1
Tuesday, November 20th
Barnard Faculty Research Grants Deadline 2
Inclusive Pedagogy Fund Proposals Deadline 1
Thursday, January 31st
Tow Award for Innovative and Outstanding Pedagogy Proposals Deadline
Barnard Faculty Research Grants Deadline 3
Inclusive Pedagogy Fund Proposals Deadline 2
Friday, March 8th
Presidential Research Awards Deadline
Gildersleeve Proposals Deadline
Wednesday, March 27th
Barnard Faculty Research Grants Deadline 4
Fund for Innovation in Teaching 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. Previous applicable grant funding should be exhausted before applying for a Faculty Research Grant.
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.
Fund for Innovation in Teaching Grants
The Fund for Innovation in Teaching supports academic activities that foster innovation in pedagogy. The core goal is to enhance student learning by extending existing field-based boundaries and challenging standard pedagogical methods, and faculty are encouraged to think widely, even “boldly.” Faculty proposals may focus on developing innovative courses featuring inventive ways of incorporating today’s most advanced technologies into the classroom and expanding our students’ understanding and ability to utilize digital tools and techniques. Proposals can utilize new technologies, building on the courses and activities funded through the Committee for Online and On-Campus and Learning (COOL), the Barnard Teaches: Real Place + Digital Access grant, and various ongoing IMATS initiatives. Grant proposals can be collaborative and multi-year.
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 funds for faculty projects that 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, 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.
Inclusive Pedagogy Fund (2017-2018)
The Inclusive Pedagogy Fund supports faculty research and promotes curricular innovation relating to the pressing topics of diversity and inclusion as they relate to higher education. Grant funds can be proposed to support a wide range of projects such as: faculty research on issues relating to diversity and inclusion in the classroom; course release time to re-shape existing courses, or to create new courses; travel to conferences on diversity and inclusion in order to build greater awareness, knowledge, skills, and classroom techniques. Grant proposals can be collaborative and multi-year. Grants will range in size depending on the scope of each proposed project, with a cap of $15,000 for any single project.