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 for Sabbatic Leave

Faculty members should inform the Dean of the Faculty of their leave plans by November 1.  Plesase complete the online Request for Sabbatic Leave, even if your plans are still tentitive or if you are deferring your leave.

IV. The Fellowship Proposal

We ask that you submit proposals for fellowships electronically.   Senior Sabbatical Fellowship proposals are due by November 1 of the academic year preceding that for which the Fellowship is sought.  Any faculty member who wishes to submit his or her proposal before the due date is encouraged to do so. The proposal will be evaluated by the Dean of the Faculty in consultation with the Committee of Six.  Final approval comes from the Board of Trustees and decisions will normally be announced in the spring. Please use the Senior Sabbatical Fellowship Proposal Submission form

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 as part of the proposal, the Committee of Six has requested a report from the last sabbatical.

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