Mutual Mentoring

Important Changes to the Mutual Mentoring Grant Program

All applicants must now attend a Mutual Mentoring Information Session (for team grants, at least one member of the "core team" must attend an Information Session) in order to be eligible for consideration of a grant. 

These sessions will take place on the following dates/times at the Institute for Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development, which is located in Goodell 301, unless a location change is needed.

  • Tuesday, February 5 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • Wednesday, February 6 from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
  • Thursday, February 14 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
  • Friday, February 15 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

You can register for an information session through TEFD’s website at:

Grant Guidelines and Application Forms

Team Grant Application Due: February 28, 2019 by 5:00PM (EST)

Micro Grant Application Due: February 28, 2019 by 5:00PM (EST)

Please note: There will be a separate call for NSF ADVANCE Mutual Mentoring Grants coming from the Office of Equity and Inclusion. Proposals submitted to the TEFD Mutual Mentoring Program that also qualify for an NSF ADVANCE Mutual Mentoring grant will be shared with the NSF ADVANCE team during the proposal review period in Spring 2019. 

Brief Summary

The Mutual Mentoring program supports 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.

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 Wendy Varner.