The Faculty Development Endowment (FDE) exists to support scholarship, research, and creative activity in any field. Funded first by the Bush Foundation and by friends of the College in response to a matching grant from the Hewlett and Mellon Foundations, it supports both term-long projects during which the faculty member is freed from teaching obligations (“large FDE grants”) and summer or winter break projects (“small grants”). Projects should culminate in a visible product to be shared with the community or the profession generally: for example, book, journal article or publishable conference paper, artistic work or performance, policy paper. The large FDE grants are now known as Hewlett Mellon Fellowships, and these funds have been supplemented by several other named funds. One is automatically eligible for all appropriate funds by applying for a large FDE grant.

Faculty competing for Large FDE grants for a program of professional growth in scholarship or the creative arts, during the period from Summer 2023 through Spring Term 2024, must submit a formal electronic proposal and CV to the Faculty Grants Committee through the Provost with an additional copy to their department chair no later than September 9, 2022. Two copies of the proposal should be emailed to Peggy Pfister. Please remove the list of external reviewers from one copy to be shared with the external reviewers. Also submit the electronic Internal Grant Application Cover Sheet. All tenured, tenure-track and PEAR faculty members from all departments who have taught for at least one year are eligible. (Note: Faculty on continuing appointments may apply for Targeted Opportunity grants.)

Large FDE grant proposals are judged competitively by the Faculty Grants Committee (FGC) with the help of external reviewers. Preference may be given to those who have not had other grants (internal or external) in the last few years, to those for whom a grant next year would be especially timely, and to those who are also applying to appropriate external funders. Every effort should be made to secure outside funding and proposals should list foundations to whom requests have been made. Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with Charlotte Whited in the Grants Office for assistance with proposals for external grants. Proposals are judged on their merits and should be of quality comparable to proposals submitted for outside funding.

Proposals for large grants should contain:

  1. An abstract of the narrative section (see below).
  2. A narrative description of the proposed program of scholarship, artistic work, and professional growth. Please describe the nature of the project and its product in non-technical language or accompany a highly technical proposal (such as a proposal submitted to NSF) with an adequately detailed non-technical description. The narrative should be no longer than 3-5 single-spaced pages and should specifically address all four of the following concerns (listed in descending order of importance):
    1. The likely contribution of the work to the appropriate discipline, artistic field, or specialty and the intended visible product. Be specific about the intellectual argument or artistic shape you expect your project to take; give detailed examples. [How much progress have you already made on the project and when might you (realistically) expect to complete it?]
    2. The feasibility of the proposed project, including resources and time commitment.
    3. The contribution of the program to your personal career growth and professional development, and the importance of a grant at this time; and
    4. The likely contribution, if any, to departmental and College curricular goals. Include an endorsement from the department chair or other senior colleague (as a separate letter), if applicable.
  3. A description of the activities to be undertaken with the support of the grant. If the proposal is for time, please be specific about why you need a term off to support these activities.
  4. A budget, which can include requests to fund salary or stipend, domestic or foreign travel, instructional fees, materials and supplies, administrative assistance, research assistance, publication and communication expenses, and any other categories of assistance which might be necessary to advance the faculty member’s program of activities. The total request cannot exceed one-third of your annual salary. When requesting salary funds, please indicate “one-third of salary”; do not include a dollar amount.
  5. A curriculum vitae, which should include a list of all College and outside grants received and proposals submitted in the past five years, including current submissions.
  6. A list of grant proposals being submitted to outside agencies for 2021-22. If no other proposals are being submitted, briefly explain why. Faculty whose projects are appropriate for outside funding are expected to apply for it. The Grants Office can help identify possible sources; many are publicized in the Carleton Weekly. Also check the Grants Office website for a listing of on-line resources.
  7. A list of at least four potential external evaluators of the scholarly content of the project. Current, complete addresses, a brief description of the nominee’s personal or professional relationship to you, and telephone numbers must be included. Please also include an e-mail address. The Faculty Grants Committee may wish to ask any or all of these people to serve as reviewers or to suggest other appropriate reviewers. You should not include people who served on your dissertation committee, or others with whom you have a close personal or professional relationship. Potential reviewers should have expertise in the scholarly or creative field relevant to your proposal and be able to authoritatively speak to the scholarly or creative merits.

A faculty member may wish to submit a proposal that is going simultaneously to, or is currently pending before, an agency or foundation (e.g., NSF, NEH). In that case, the Committee will accept proposals in the format required by the agency or foundation provided that any additional information required in these guidelines is supplied in a supplement. Applicants wishing to pool money from the Faculty Development Endowment and other support not yet received must show that their project would be viable and useful if they were to receive only the Carleton portion of the funds for which they are applying. If subsequent external project support is obtained, the Faculty Grants Committee will review the project and the status of its award. Normally, the College will limit its award to the amount needed to bring salary support to the maximum level permitted for large grants (one term’s salary for a term of leave or one year’s salary if combined with sabbatical and/or other grants). In other words, the large FDE grants are intended to serve as back-up support for faculty members whose attempts to obtain external funding have not been successful.

Up to full salary for time off may be requested in the budget, but the full budget may not exceed a full term’s salary under any circumstances. The Committee reserves the right to review budgets and, exercising its judgment, reduce them if it feels this appropriate and necessary. Benefits will be paid by the College in the same manner as when faculty are on sabbatical.

Approval of funding for a proposal by the Faculty Grants Committee does not constitute leave approval; a faculty member must still apply for official leave through the Provost’s Office.

If you do not receive the FDE grant and you plan to teach during the previously requested time off you need to submit another leave form indicating your new plans. See the “Leave of Absence Guidelines” which include a copy of the application that is required for leave with the FDE. A term funded through the Faculty Development Fund is not counted as a term accrued toward sabbatical eligibility. Faculty members should note the applicable provision in the Campus Handbook that “a faculty member will normally teach for six consecutive terms between leaves of absence, including sabbatical leaves.” Questions about this should be directed to the Provost.

Please note that the Provost’s office has sample Large FDE proposals available for review.

Class of 1949 Endowed Fund for Faculty Development

For Junior Faculty

The purpose of the fund is to enhance faculty development of the highest standards and to assure that Carleton College thrives and continues to attract the best liberal arts college faculty in the country. With this gift, the Faculty Grants Committee will award one term of leave with pay to at least one non-tenured member of the faculty who is combining it with a first sabbatical and who has competed successfully for a large Faculty Development Endowment grant. This will permit a full year leave with full pay and benefits for someone between the third year and tenure reviews. An application for a large FDE grant from an eligible faculty member will be considered for the Class of ’49 Fellowship, as well, as long as the faculty member so indicates. It would be helpful, however, if such proposals also included a statement about the activities during and benefits of an additional term free of teaching responsibilities.