Wallace Grant Guidelines

Wallace Scholarly Activities Grants award maximum is $4400.00.

The Wallace Scholarly Activities program funds biannual awards (via one competition each semester) from the Wallace endowment to support faculty scholarly activities.  Expenses for the program may include:

    • student research assistance during the summer (payable bi-weekly as per College policy for summer employment, maximum ten-week stipend $4000 + 10% FICA)
    • domestic and international travel connected with research
    • expenses relating to scholarly activities (e.g., equipment, materials, software, professional services). Nota bene: student stipends for student-faculty research collaborations can also be sought via other competitions listed on the Serie Center website.

The Wallace Scholarly Activities program does not support costs associated with the residential aspects of sabbaticals (lodging, meals).  However, a faculty member on sabbatical may apply for Wallace Scholarly Activities funds to offset costs associated for a short-term trip from the sabbatical base location.

The spirit of the Wallace Scholarly Activities program is to permit widespread professional development of Macalester faculty.  The prudent use of past College funds and the number of these awards are also important judgment criteria; equitable support of faculty over time is a goal.  These are shared resources.

Competitive Wallace Scholarly Activities applications are those that make a strong case for the impact of proposed work on professional development (e.g., How vital is the proposed work in furthering scholarly goals?).  Since Faculty Travel and Research (FTR), start-up, and external grant funds can also fund Wallace Scholarly Activities objectives, a convincing case must be made for the need for additional College funds (e.g., Why have you prioritized FTR spending for other expenses and not the work proposed?  Why can external grant funds not be allocated for these expenses?  Why must start-up funds be protected from charges for the proposed work?).  There is admittedly a tension between proposals where PI funding is already present (i.e., rewarding faculty who have raised external funds via leverage of College resources) to supporting proposals where faculty opportunities for external funding are remote.

Awards are administered via the Jan Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching; the Resource and Planning Committee (RPC) makes award recommendations.  All faculty members (tenure-track, tenured, MSFEO participants, and non-tenure track) with at least one contracted year remaining of Macalester service may submit proposals.  Applications from tenured and tenure-track faculty receive higher priority than those from non-tenure track faculty, but all applications are considered.  Faculty can submit a maximum of one Wallace Scholarly Activities and one Wallace International Travel proposal per academic year.

  • If your Scholarly Activities takes place between June 1st and December 31st, you should apply in the spring round of funding (applications due the third Monday of February).
  • If your Scholarly Activities takes place between January 31st and May 31st, you should apply in the fall round of funding (applications due the first Monday of November).

Proposal pressure for Wallace Scholarly Activities grants has increased in recent years, as has the average amount requested.  Effective spring 2011, RPC established an award maximum of $4400.  Proposed award budgets that exceed $4400 will not be considered.  For projects where anticipated costs are expected to be greater than $4400, faculty are urged to identify likely additional expenses within their proposal narrative (but not in the proposed award budget), as well as how these expenses would be paid if Wallace funding is awarded. Applicants are encouraged to obtain the best possible estimates for expenses.  “Other” expenses must be specified as completely as possible for consideration.  The Wallace Scholarly Activities program does not fund faculty salary.