Samuel F. Conti Faculty Fellowship Award


The University of Massachusetts Amherst Samuel F. Conti Faculty Fellowship consists of a cash award of $3,500 and a year's release from other duties to enable Fellows to concentrate on research or creative activity.

Selection of the Fellows will be based on demonstrably outstanding accomplishments and potential for continued excellence in research or creative activity.   Awards will be recommended by a committee appointed by the Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement, comprised of prior Conti Fellows.  Recommendations will be forwarded to the Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement for approval and awards announced in late Spring 2014.

Before December 6, 2013, Department Heads/Chairs will consult with Personnel Committees to select names of nominees to be forwarded to their academic Deans.   By January 10, 2014, Deans are asked to submit to the Vice Chancellor for Research & Engagement , c/o Christine Burnett, two nominations of faculty members up to a maximum of a rounded 1% of their respective faculties when those exceed 200.  Each nomination is to be accompanied by a brief statement (not to exceed 1,000 words) from the candidate on how released time would be put to use, a complete curriculum vitae, a supporting letter from the nominee's department head/chair, and a list of no more than five external referees and their contact information (including email addresses) from whom recommendation letters will be requested.  Nominators or their designees are expected to work closely with the office of the VCRE to secure recommendation letters.

Other nominations, including self-nominations, may be sent directly to the Vice Chancellor for Research & Engagement before December 6, 2013; these will be sent to the nominee's Dean for consideration.  Self-nominations should include the information listed above, except that a letter in support of the nomination from a colleague may be submitted in place of a letter from the nominee’s department head/chair.