NAIS Mellon Mini-Grants and Residencies

Call for Applications

Five Colleges, Incorporated has been awarded a $2.5 million, four-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to help its member campuses transform how they approach Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) with the goal of enhancing teaching, learning and scholarship in the field. As part of this multi-year initiative, FCI is offering mini-grant and residency opportunities to Five College faculty and staff interested in working collaboratively to integrate NAIS into their curricula.

Five College full-time faculty or staff members responsible for creating curriculum are encouraged to apply for mini-grants and lead team projects to develop one or more course modules, a new course, or a cluster or sequence of courses (such as language study). This funding opportunity is also open to faculty with a more multi-disciplinary background and no prior experience in NAIS who are interested in infusing Indigenous approaches into their courses through collaboration with other faculty experts. Mini-grant projects should include multiple faculty and can also include Five College staff, students, and community participants as collaborators.

Faculty can also apply for residencies to host Indigenous artists, authors, activists, and community historians. Residencies can span a few weeks to an academic year. Please note that campus policies during the pandemic will severely restrict residencies but creative and/or remote options will be considered.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with two more deadlines this academic year: March 2 and May 2021 (specific date to be determined). Additional rounds of applications will be available through 2022. A virtual Information session will be offered prior to each deadline to assist applicants in refining their proposals. The next information session will be held on February 16, from 4-5 pm. Applicants are encouraged to attend information sessions and read the Frequently Asked Questions available on the FCI website.

For more information on the NAIS Mellon Mini-Grants & Residencies and to register for the February 16, 2021 info session, please visit the FCI website.

Other Sources of Funding

  • Faculty Grants (on my.mtholyoke)
  • VP-50: Bring in a practitioner or expert using Skype or Videoconferencing.
  • First Year Seminar: If you are teaching a First Year Seminar course, we have a small pool of funds available to support meals with students or field trips (usually up to $200), and guest speakers ($100). Keep all receipts for reimbursements! Email FYS Director for next steps.
  • Nexus program: Nexus curriculum grants are intended to support faculty's curriculum development efforts. Grants for academic year 2019-2020 are due May 20 by 5 pm. Contact Katie Walker with questions.

TLI Teaching Innovation Funds

TLI is pleased to be able to support innovative teaching and pedagogy-related work through a small grants program. For all grants, priority will be given for proposals that support MHC's anti-racist efforts. In order to support as many proposals as possible, please look to your department's restricted funds first. Please use the application form to apply for funds.