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Policy Regarding Stipends for External Fellowships

To: Barnard Faculty Who Hold Tenured, Tenure Line Assigned or Tenure Eligible Professorial Appointments and Barnard Faculty on Professor of Professional Practice Lines

From: Elizabeth S. Boylan

Re: Change in Policy Regarding Stipends for External Fellowships

Date: March 6, 2008

I am very pleased to inform you of a change in College policy regarding fellowship stipends offered by major foundations which support faculty on leave to conduct research. In general, these highly competitive, prestigious awards provide a fixed stipend for a semester or a year that is less than the salary earned by Barnard faculty for that period.

The College has always supported the maintenance of full non-salary based benefits (i.e. health benefits) during such fellowship leaves. However the policy was not to “top off” the stipend to equal the pro-rated salary. Starting July 1, 2008, we will provide funds that will help to bridge the gap between the stipend and the salary that would have been earned.

For semester-long awards, the College will provide up to $10,000 in addition to the stipend; for year-long awards, up to $20,000 will be awarded. The amount of the stipend and the College contribution will not exceed 100% of the scheduled salary. Pension benefits will also be paid on the College contribution.

There are several provisions that accompany this policy:
• Faculty must hold tenured, tenure line assigned or tenure eligible appointments. Faculty holding appointment in the Professor of Professional Practice series are also eligible.
• Faculty must be in good standing. Those in a terminal year of appointment will not be eligible.
• Faculty must notify the Institutional Support Office and obtain the approval of the Provost prior to submission of the application for the fellowship, whether or not the foundation requires institutional review before submission.
• Should the faculty member not return at the end of the fellowship period, the full amount of the College contribution must be returned to the College.
• External grants from agencies such as NIH and NSF which provide salary support for released time from teaching are not eligible for support under this policy; faculty should consult with the Grants Office regarding cost-sharing policies which do apply.

We hope that this enhancement assists both those who would have applied for these fellowships anyway and those who were deterred from applying previously because of the financial consequences. Nothing would make me happier than to read even more names of fellowship winners at Faculty Meetings next year and beyond. Good luck to all.