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Academic Affairs

Grants and Sabbatical Opportunities for Faculty

The Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs offers a number of competitive grant, stipend, and sabbatical opportunities as outlined below. For detailed information about individual funding mechanisms and application guidelines, click the appropriate call for proposals link. Each funding mechanism has a template for creating your application narrative to insure you are including all necessary information and to make the review process more efficient for FDAC members. Download the template and replace any bracketed, purple text with the text for your application narrative. Save the file and upload it with your application and other required materials. All applications are reviewed by the Faculty Development Advisory Committee (FDAC), which issues recommendations for funding to the Provost. More information about FDAC review criteria can be found in the FDAC Review Process. Questions about any of these funding opportunities can be directed to FDAC leadership by emailing FDAC@montevallo.edu.

NEW FOR 2021-2022:

Mid-Career Faculty Summer Stipend funding mechanism to support faculty at the rank of Associate Professor in completing scholarly and creative projects in preparation for future promotion application.

Applications will be accepted in fall and spring for Teaching and Scholarly Projects Grants.


Pre-Tenured Faculty Summer Stipend

The Pre-Tenured Faculty Summer Stipend Program is intended to assist pre-tenured faculty in completing research or creative projects at a critical time in their careers. The program provides a $5,000 stipend for 2 months of continuous full-time research or creative endeavor during the summer of the award year.

Application Deadline for Summer 2022:  September 17, 2021 by 5 p.m.

Pre-Tenured Summer Stipend Call for Proposals

Pre-Tenured Summer Stipend Project Narrative Template

Pre-Tenured Summer Stipend Application Form


Mid-Career Faculty Summer Stipend 

**New for 2021-2022**

The Mid-Career Faculty Summer Stipend Program is intended to assist faculty at the rank of Associate Professor in completing research or creative projects to support of future application for promotion to Full Professor. The program provides a $5,000 stipend for 2 months of continuous full-time research or creative endeavor during the summer of the award year.

Application Deadline for Summer 2022:  September 17, 2021 by 5 p.m.

Mid-Career Summer Stipend Call for Proposals

Mid-Career Summer Stipend Project Narrative Template

Mid-Career Summer Stipend Application Form


Sabbatical Leave

Sabbatical leave provides faculty with opportunities for professional development, scholarly pursuits and professional and intellectual renewal. Because the sabbatical leave applications follow a different format than other funding mechanisms, the review procedure for this mechanism is different. Sabbaticals are reviewed as described in this document.

Application deadline for Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 leave:  September 17, 2021 by 5 p.m.

Sabbatical Leave Call for Proposals

Cover Sheet for Sabbatical Leave Application

Sabbatical Leave Project Narrative Template

Sabbatical Leave Application Form


Teaching and Scholarly Projects Grant

Teaching and Scholarly Projects Grants are designed to support and promote faculty innovation in scholarship, creative endeavors, and/or teaching. The grant provides up to $2,000 for supplies and expenses necessary to achieve the project’s stated goals. Eligible expenses include but are not limited to the purchase of books, software, and consumable materials; the payment of student assistant(s); and the payment or reimbursement of participant expenses.

Application Deadlines for 2021-2022: September 17, 2021 by 5 p.m. and February 18, 2022 by 5 p.m.

Teaching and Scholarly Projects Call for Proposals

Teaching and Scholarly Projects Narrative and Itemized Budget Template

Teaching and Scholarly Projects Grant Application Form


Academic Development Stipend

The Academic Development program is intended to support faculty efforts in developing new courses, significantly redesigning existing courses, or pursuing other major academic development initiatives (i.e. creating a new minor). The program provides a $2,000 stipend for summer efforts. If multiple faculty members will be working on the project, the stipend may be split among the faculty.

Application Deadline for Summer 2022:  February 18, 2022 by 5 p.m.

Academic Development Stipend Call for Proposals

Academic Development Stipend Narrative Template

Academic Development Application Form