Seeking External Funding for your Sabbatical/Junior Faculty Leave
Faculty may apply for fellowships, summer stipends, grants, and other funding opportunities for their sabbatical or leave.
Fellowships – Fellowships typically are received directly by the scholar, with some variation of an independent submission process, although you may require institutional documentation.
But, be strategic! Plan ahead; fellowships require a long lead-time, so put reminders on your calendar – whatever works for you so you don’t lose your chance(s). See timelines below:
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is a federal agency, so you can get reviewers’ comments, albeit brief for any NEH Fellowship submission; use those comments to revise and resubmit. Your planned sabbatical/JFL you have three possible shots at winning an NEH Fellowship (April 30 or May 1 deadline) – early-cycle, on-cycle, and...READ MORE
NSF Research Opportunity Awards (ROAs) are non-competitive, but require some advance planning. ROAs are an option for scholars in any of the disciplines funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and can provide some summer salary or sabbatical/JFL support. Don’t be deceived by the name! NSF includes the social, behavioral and economic...READ MORE
Check out SpinPlus and Duke University’s funding search engines; pay attention to funding acknowledgements by scholars at the end of papers, journal articles, or conference presentations, check out your professional associations, talk with colleagues, and have a chat with Amy Cuhel-Schuckers. Touch base with Amy early and often – she can help!READ MORE
You may apply for grants at any time, per the proposal deadline. Plan to begin writing at least 6 months in advance of a deadline, 12 months in advance for planning is not too long a time and give yourself more time if the proposal is collaborative with another institution. Depending on the funder, it may be possible to include a request for the un-funded portion of your sabbatical in the grant budget.
Sub-awards or collaborative research grants. Options for junior scholars include tying into proposals led by R1 institutions, or faculty at other liberal arts institutions who may be more established.
Grants typically are received on your behalf through the institution, and require adherence to institutional processes