Dean of the Faculty

Senior Sabbatical Fellowship Guidelines

I. Introduction

Amherst College will award Senior Sabbatical Fellowships to tenured members of the Faculty upon approval by the Dean of the Faculty in consultation with the Committee of Six of a proposal for a program of research, study, writing, or other creative work to advance his or her professional growth and effectiveness as a scholar and teacher.

The Fellowship consists of the sum necessary to raise sabbatical salary support from 80 percent to 100 percent for one semester of leave after six semesters of service or two semesters of leave after twelve semesters of service.

II. Eligibility

The program is open to all tenured members of the Faculty who are eligible for leave in the year for which the Fellowship is sought.

III. Application Procedure and Deadline

Faculty members should inform the Dean of the Faculty of their leave plans by November 3. Applications for Senior Sabbatical Fellowships should be made to the Dean by February 12 of the academic year preceding that for which the Fellowship is sought. The proposal will be evaluated by the Dean of the Faculty in consultation with the Committee of Six. Decisions will normally be announced by the end of March.

The application should consist of:

Instead of sending the Dean your written leave request, we now ask that you complete the online Request for Sabbatic Leave. This form should be submitted by November 3.  Please submit the form even if your plans are still tentative. 

IV. The Proposal

We ask that you submit proposals for fellowships electronically.   Senior Sabbatical Fellowship proposals are due by February 12.  Please use the Fellowship Proposal Submission formAny faculty member who wishes to submit his or her proposal before the due date is encouraged to do so.

V. Report

At the end of the sabbatical, Fellowship recipients are required to submit a report to the Dean of the Faculty summarizing the results of their work. These reports are typically several pages in length and focus on activities undertaken, accomplishments, and plans for the future. Future eligibility for Fellowships is contingent on submission of this report.

(Please note that the Senior Sabbatical Fellowship Program is funded in part by the H. Axel Schupf ’57 Fund for Intellectual Life.)