The general purpose of a sabbatical leave program is to enable faculty to pursue scholarly activity, to undertake preparation of new courses and/or to retrain in fresh areas of academic activity. As a result, it is of great importance that faculty engage in a thoughtful and thorough planning process while completing the application process.
All sabbatical projects will be reviewed for approval based on the quality and significance of the project, likelihood of being completed, relevance to teaching/scholarship, past sabbatical productivity and availability of funding.
Travel Funding Request
PLEASE NOTE: For fiscal year 2015-16 all supplemental travel funds have been budgeted within the individual schools. Therefore, no funding requests should be brought forward to the Provost's office for fiscal year 2015-16.
The College offers several internal grants for faculty to assist in their continuing development as teachers and scholars. This section describes each of these competitive grant programs and the processes for application and review.
Generally, peer review is the process used to select proposals for recommendation to the Provost & VPEA. Review is performed by a panel of faculty from the various schools of the College. Grants that are awarded on a "rolling basis" are reviewed by the Office of the Provost & VPEA for timely funding.
The Fulbright Scholar Program is a collection of country and regional programs with an array of opportunities for lecturing and research abroad. About 900 lecturer/research awards in over 140 countries are available. The grants are distributed by country and region, vary in financial support and length of stay, are sometimes tied to very specific appointments, and at other times are unrestricted. The general announcement of award opportunities is issued in the spring. Occasionally, supplemental announcements are released later in the year.
Fulbright awards are normally granted for periods ranging from two to ten months. Dates of most grants coincide with the academic year of the host institution: September/October to June/July in the Northern Hemisphere, February/March to November/December in the Southern Hemisphere. Lecturing awards are usually not available for the summer months only, nor are grants available for attendance at professional congresses and meetings.
In some cases, a competitive proposal requires previous contact with the receiving university. The council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) publishes a pamphlet indicating the openings for each country, and eligible fields. Deadline for awards is usually August 1 of the previous year.