Faculty Research & Professional Development Funds

Research support funding for tenured faculty in the Arts & Sciences.


Faculty Research & Professional Development Funds promote scholarly activity and encourage faculty to take an active part in their professional societies.


Professor, Associate Professor, and Assistant Professor (except those holding a current Burke Award or active startup accounts).


No application necessary; eligible faculty will be granted the appropriate allocation for the fiscal year.


Note: Per year, upon depletion of start-up & Burke funds.

Associate professors who are more than eight years post tenure will receive an annual allocation of $4,000.

Full professors will receive an annual allocation of $5,000.

Endowed chairs holders receive annual Named Chair allocation of  $7,000.

Any unspent portion may be carried forward into the next fiscal year for up to two years' worth of distribution. The maximum allocation for a given year is three years' of distribution. Faculty may not borrow against future allocations.

Fund Administration

Faculty Research & Professional Development Funds are administered by the Arts and Sciences Finance Center (ASFC). The faculty member is the responsible account holder for the award. All invoices, business expense reimbursements, and requests for payments are required to be submitted to the ASFC.

In utilizing the allocations provided by this award, individual faculty must adhere to all Dartmouth policies and procedures and must meet all Internal Revenue Service stipulations regarding appropriate expenses and required documentation. All expenses must be reimbursed within the fiscal year in which they are incurred. Accounts should not be overspent. In the event, repayment or reallocations of expense must occur. All items purchased with funding are property of the College. Upon departure from the College, use of the funds and disposition of purchased property is at the discretion of the College.

Automated Faculty Funding Reports are available to help faculty members track their Faculty Research & Professional Development Fund and other Dean of Faculty research accounts.

Please contact the ASFC with any questions.

Expenses and Reimbursement

The Allowable Expenditures and Ineligible Reimbursements listed below are provided for immediate guidance. The Business Expense Policy details these and other expenditures and reimbursements. If there is a question concerning the eligibility of an expense, the expense should be reviewed with an analyst in the A&S Finance Center.

Allowable Expenditures

  1. Business related travel expenses
  2. Business related postal or shipping charges
  3. Capital Equipment, research equipment, materials and supplies
  4. Professional licenses or certification fees; and membership in and/or to professional organizations and periodicals
  5. Scholarly materials (books, journals, periodicals, subscriptions, etc.)
  6. Specialized software and databases, computer peripherals, and data collection costs
  7. Student support for Dartmouth purposes
  8. Stipends for mobile communications (Mobile Communications Policy) and home office internet access

Payments to individuals for services such as editing, researching, and indexing for publications are allowable, though not eligible as reimbursement. In these cases, invoices for these services are paid directly by Dartmouth as outlined in the Procure to Pay Guide.

Ineligible Reimbursements

  1. Faculty salaries — release time during an academic year or extra salary during a free term
  2. Lifetime memberships in and/ or to professional organizations and periodicals
  3. Office furniture for work or home
  4. Out-of-pocket payments directly to individuals for services (e.g. editing, researching, and indexing payments are paid directly by Dartmouth as outlined in the Procure to Pay GuideContact the ASFC for details.)
  5. Promotional expenses for book publications