The Kasteel Well Faculty Development Fund (KFDF) supports the scholarly and creative activities of the affiliated faculty members of the Emerson College Kasteel Well Program in the Netherlands. Castle administrative staff manage the fund with assistance from the Office of Research and Creative Scholarship (ORCS).


The application deadline for 2024-2025 KFDF funding will be on June 5, 2024.

Grant Period

Grants awarded must be conducted the following fiscal year, between July 1 and June 30.


To be eligible for these funds, the applicant:

  • Must be a current part-time faculty member at the Castle;
  • Must have taught at least one course during each of the prior three consecutive years, including 2023-2024; and
  • Must be confirmed to teach at least one course at the Castle during the award year.

KFDF Funding

The KFDF Grant will provide support for approved projects from a total available funding pool of $1,500. A select committee of Castle and Boston campus faculty and staff makes recommendations for funding to the Provost, who makes the final selections of recipients.

Types of Activities Funded

  • Travel and expenses leading to scholarly, peer-reviewed publications
  • Travel and expenses leading to the production of creative and artistic works such as media productions, creative writing, performances, screenplays, exhibitions, audio and music productions, etc.
  • Travel and expenses related to refereed conference presentations of scholarly or creative activities
  • Travel and expenses related to presentations to industry-related conferences and conventions
  • Expenses for attending seminars and conferences related to new course development
  • Expenses for attending faculty development seminars and conferences to improve teaching skills

Types of Activities Not Funded

  • Activities that are already defined as part of affiliated faculty members’ expected duties and responsibilities.
  • Activities for which the affiliated faculty member is already receiving compensation, course release, or some other form of College support.

Criteria and Considerations

  • Applications must be complete, clearly written, compelling, well defined and easily understood by all of the reviewers.
  • Applications that are incomplete and do not follow directions may be disqualified.
  • While applicants may apply for consecutive year awards, the committee will evaluate proposals that are a continuation of any previously funded projects to determine if funding is appropriate.
  • Support for travel from the KFDF should be for activities that directly advance proposal activities.
  • Applicants are required to submit a report of their project after completion.
  • Applicants must be slated to teach at least one Castle course in the academic year during which the KFDF award will be granted (2019-2020).

Application Form and Instructions

  1. Eligible affiliated Castle faculty members can access the application form here.
  2. Applicants can fill out the application, submit, and make changes up until the June 5, 2024 deadline.

FY2025 Calendar

April 3, 2024KFDF is announced.
June 5, 2024KFDF applications are due.
After June 5, 2024Committee evaluation of all proposals and recommendations to the Provost regarding proposal support and level of funding.
 The Provost, in consideration of the recommendations provided by the KFDF Committee, will make final selections and award determinations, and notify the Committee in writing about the final awards.
June 20, 2024KFDF recipients are notified that they are receiving the award.
July 1, 2024 to July 30, 2025Approved project(s) conducted. 
June 15, 2025All receipts due to chester_lee [at] (Chester Lee) for reimbursement of project expenses.
November 1, 2025Final report due for projects conducted during FY2023.

The KFDF Committee

Applications will be reviewed by a select committee of consisting of the Executive Director of the Kasteel Well, the Dean of the Marlboro Institute for Liberal Arts, and the Executive Director of the Office of Research and Creative Scholarship. The committee's recommendations for funding will be presented to the Provost of Emerson College, who will make the final awardee selections.