Mutual Mentoring

Proposal Deadlines

Team Grant Proposal: February 28, 2018
Micro Grant Proposal: February 28, 2018

Guidelines and Applications

Team Grant Proposal Guidelines

Micro Grant Proposal Guidelines


Brief Summary

The Mutual Mentoring program supports pre-tenure faculty in developing robust professional networks that include a variety of mentoring partners within and outside the UMass Amherst campus, and at a wide variety of career stages. 

“Mutual Mentoring” distinguishes itself from the traditional model (i.e., top-down, one-on-one, senior-to-junior partnership) by:

  • encouraging the development of non-hierarchical, collaborative networks;
  • where each “node” or person in the network provides specific areas of knowledge and experience, such as research, teaching, tenure, or work-life balance; and
  • the network relationships are formed to benefit the person traditionally known as the “protégé” and the person traditionally known as the “mentor.”

Read more about the Mutual Mentoring model.

Recent Changes to the Mutual Mentoring Program

  • Team Grants will fund projects up to $6,000 total and non-tenure-track full-time faculty are eligible to be part of the team. We expect to award up to 6 Team Grants by May 2018.
  • Micro Grants will fund individual projects up to $1,500 and are only available to tenure-track faculty. We expect to award up to 10 Micro Grant awards by May 2018.

Program Resources

  • Through its programming, TEFD has been pleased to identify numerous exemplary mentoring efforts. Past grant-funded projects.
  • TEFD has written and compiled a number of resources to help faculty develop successful Mutual Mentoring networks. Mutual Mentoring resources.


Please Note: We encourage the use of our mentoring model and practices; however, adaptation or replication of the Mutual Mentoring Initiative, in whole or in part, must be attributed to the Institute for Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

For more information, contact Beth Lisi