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.
The Office of the Provost supports and encourages faculty participation in conferences and meetings. Faculty may apply for supplemental funding for travel to conferences or programs that are beyond the budget limitations of deans and department chairs. In order to be eligible, faculty must be a participant on the program, not merely an attendee.
Requests to the Provost & VPAA should be made only after all other funding options have been explored. It is expected that the deans and department chairs make a deliberate effort to support funding requests in accordance with academic priorities prior to forwarding requests for funds to the Provost & VPAA.
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 and Vice President for Academic Affairs. 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 and Vice President for Academic Affairs for timely funding (e.g., Small Grants).
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.