Term Faculty Development Grants

In order to support the teaching of our teaching term faculty, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences has created a development fund to recognize and assist in the work of faculty who serve a crucial function in educating our students.

Individual faculty members with continuing term appointments may apply.
Consultation with your unit head is recommended prior to applying.

 Funding $35,000 per year:

  • Maximum of $3000 per individual per academic year.
  • Awards will be granted Fall and Spring of each academic year

 Eligible Expenses:

  • Independent research related to teaching assignments
  • Development of teaching skills through seminars and workshops
  • Stipends to support the development of enhancements to existing courses
  • Stipends to support new courses (expenses and/or summer support)


  • One-page request from the term faculty member that outlines and justifies the request, and shows both its intrinsic value and its relationship to the teaching assignment at Mason.
  • CV – maximum 2 pages
  • Confidential recommendation from unit head that addresses the project and its relevance to teaching assignment.
  • Budget request with explanation for each item. If your detailed budget includes wages or faculty stipends, be sure to include budget for the 7.5% fringe benefits.


  • Applications will be accepted for review twice yearly.
  • Deadline for spring review is 1 May
  • Deadline for fall review is 1 December
  • Applications will be reviewed by the Senior Leadership Committee and the Dean
  • Results will be announced within 60 days of deadline
  • Both the chair’s recommendation and the faculty’s application are to submitted electronically to the CHSS Dean's Office (chss@gmu.edu).