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Academic Leaves

Fellowship Award

Fellowship leaves, otherwise known as sabbaticals, may be granted for conducting research (including study and related travel), improvement of teaching, and/or production of creative works in literature or the arts. In order to be eligible for consideration for a fellowship leave, the individual must be in an eligible title and be tenured or have a Certificate of Continuous Employment. Untenured individuals in professorial titles who are on leave from the Lecturer title in which they have a Certificate of Continuous Employment are also eligible to apply. In addition, the individual must have six years of continuous paid full-time service with the University exclusive of fellowship leaves and most other leaves.

At the expiration of a fellowship leave, the individual must accumulate another six years of continuous paid full-time service before being again eligible for a fellowship leave. A leave without pay or a Scholar Incentive Award acts as a bridge, that is, continuous paid full-time service before and after these leaves may be aggregated to achieve the required six years of service. For further information please see the application form available on the Human Resources website.

Fellowship leave applications are due September 10 and February 10 to the Office of Faculty Appointments.


Scholar Incentive Award

The purpose of Scholar Incentive Awards is to facilitate bona fide and documented scholarly research. Applications that reflect other purposes, such as meeting degree requirements, service outside the University, or other professional, career or personal reasons, shall not be considered for these Awards. In addition to appointment to an eligible title, the individual must have completed not less than one full year of continuous paid full-time service with the University before becoming eligible for a Scholar Incentive Award. An individual shall be eligible for a subsequent Scholar Incentive Award after six (6) years of creditable service with the University since the completion of the last Scholar Incentive Award. A Scholar Incentive Award may not be held concurrently with a Fellowship Leave. For further information please see the application form available on the Human Resources website.

Scholar Incentive leave applications are due September 10 and February 10 to the Office of Faculty Appointments.


Professional Reassignment Leave in the Libraries

Professional reassignment leaves are granted to members of the instructional staff who serve in the libraries to permit them to engage in research, scholarly writing, and other recognized professional activities that enhance their contribution to the University. There is a goal of 50 such leaves University-wide during each year (September 1 through August 31). Only members of the instructional staff who serve in the libraries are eligible for these leaves. The professional reassignment leave is not to exceed five weeks, which need not be consecutive. For further information please see the application form available on the Human Resources website.