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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. 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

NEW FOR 2020-2021: Each funding mechanism now has a template for creating your application narrative to ensure that you are including all necessary information in your application 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. Upload this file with your application and other required materials.

Summer Stipend for Pre-Tenured Faculty

The 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 2021:  September 18, 2020 by 5 p.m.

Summer Stipend Call for Proposals

Summer Stipend Project Narrative Template

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 2021 and Spring 2022 leave:  September 18, 2020 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 Deadline for 2020-2021: September 18, 2020 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 2021:  February 19, 2021 by 5 p.m.

Academic Development Stipend Call for Proposals

Academic Development Stipend Narrative Template

Academic Development Application Form