Senior Faculty Grants

One-term scholarly research grant for tenured faculty in the Art & Sciences.


Senior Faculty Grants promote the pursuit of study and research in a new field outside of an accustomed area of study. Most applicants seek support for research projects of unusual promise, research likely to lead to publication.


Full Professors or Associate Professors. A Senior Faculty Grant may not be used during a tenure review or terminal year.

Senior Faculty Grants will not be awarded to the same person more frequently than once every four years. 

Fund Administration

Senior Faculty Grant supplemental 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 these funds 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.

Please contact the ASFC with any questions.


Application submission must include:

  1. Senior Faculty Grant Application
  2. C.V.
  3. Research Proposal (2 page maximum)
  4. Department/Program Chair endorsement that includes an explanation of how the department will accommodate the proposed absence from teaching.

In addition to the application and materials, the potential leave requires submission of a scheduling plan via the Faculty Leave Request System.

Completed applications should be submitted to the Department/Program Chair and forwarded to the Associate Dean. When there are multiple applicants from one department, senior faculty members should provide a relative assessment in addition to the Chair's endorsement.

If combining a Senior Faculty Grant and sabbatical, a separate request must be submitted to the department chair for the sabbatical approval.

Faculty Deadline:    Submit to Chair by Friday, September 29
Chair Deadline:     
  Submit to Associate Dean's Office by Thursday, October 5


One term of released time and supplemental research funds of $700.

Note: Acceptance of a Senior Faculty Grant carries a commitment to return to the faculty for no less than one year.

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. Membership in and/ or to professional organizations and periodicals (not lifetime memberships)
  5. Professional licenses or certification fees; and membership in and/or to professional organizations and periodicals.  Lifetime memberships are not allowable.
  6. Scholarly materials (books, journals, periodicals, subscriptions, etc.)
  7. Specialized software and databases, computer peripherals, and data collection costs
  8. Student support for Dartmouth purposes
  9. Dartmouth contracts with Qualtrics to provide survey tools to all employees and students. Survey services through other vendors will require additional justification

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