Faculty Leaves

Leaves for Assistant Professors

Assistant Professor Research Leave

Regular, full-time, untenured faculty possessing the terminal degree:

  • who are not yet eligible for regular sabbatical leave,
  • who will have completed two years of continuous service at Grinnell, and
  • who have received less than two years of prior teaching credit toward tenure at Grinnell
    are eligible to apply for a one-semester (3 course) research leave.

Faculty on standard review schedules are eligible to apply in their third or fourth year.

Faculty with one year credit for prior teaching may apply in their third year only.

Faculty with two years credit for prior teaching are ineligible to apply.

Faculty who have not counted all their years at Grinnell toward tenure are eligible to apply three and two years prior to the year of their tenure review.

Faculty in regular, full time, non-tenure track positions (such as physical education faculty and library faculty) are eligible to apply for a research leave tenable in the two years prior to the year they are reviewed for promotion to associate professor. If a faculty member intends to apply for a research leave, it is extremely important that they inform both the Dean's Office and their department chair of their intention no later than the third Friday in August, as such applications affect review schedules.

For more information and application instructions, please go to GrinnellShare (login required).

Harris Faculty Fellowship

A gift from the late Jack (’39) and Lucile Hanson (’40) Harris has endowed annual competitive fellowships for junior faculty members at Grinnell College. The fellowships provide awardees with a leave at full salary for one academic year and up to $6,000 in research/travel funds. The number of fellowships awarded each year depends on the annual endowment income of the Harris fund and on the merits of the proposals; proposals must pass a rigorous review in order to be funded. The Dean of the College, following consultation with the Personnel Committee, the College Committee on Support for Faculty Scholarship, and appropriate evaluators, will select the Harris fellows.

For more information and application instructions, please go to GrinnellShare (login required)

Leaves for Associate Professors & Professors

Sabbatical Leave

Grinnell College regards sabbatical leaves as a privilege granted upon the submission of an appropriate justification for the leave, not as an automatic entitlement.

Such justification should take the form of (typically) a one-and-a-half to two-page letter addressed to the Dean of the College. Sabbatical leave proposals should be submitted by 5 p.m. on the second Friday in November of the year prior to the anticipated leave. The Committee for Support of Faculty Scholarship (CSFS) will review the proposals following that deadline.

In the letter, the applicant should:

  1. indicate which model is being followed, including type and length of anticipated leave;
  2. explain the nature of the work to be undertaken during the leave;
  3. specify the location of residence during the proposed leave; and
  4. state the scholarly product(s) and/or enhancements to teaching which are expected to result from the proposed leave. 

A current vita must accompany the letter of application. Longer statements of proposed scholarly work may be attached to the application (but are not required); however, the application letter must summarize the proposed project in succinct, non-technical, jargon-free language, not simply refer to a longer, technical description attached.  

For more information and application instructions, please go to GrinnellShare (login required)

Study Leave

The Study Leave program is being discontinued as part of the new student research-faculty support model.


Leave Application Deadlines
Type of leave Deadline
Harris First Friday in August
Research Second Friday in November
Sabbatical Second Friday in November


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