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Research Leaves

The University's system of Research Leaves is designed to contribute to the professional resources and effectiveness of faculty members, and to the value of their subsequent service to the University community.

Research Leave provides time for carrying out a more extensive program of research than can be achieved when research must be carried out in conjunction with teaching and University service. The system of Research Leaves is one of the most effective ways in which the University encourages and supports research and scholarship.

For a full description of the principles and procedures in requesting a research leave, please review the Research Leave Policy for Tenure/CAWAR Faculty or the Research Leave Policy for Permanent Faculty and visit Leave Policies and Guidelines for additional information.

Clinical Faculty may also be eligible for Research Leave, for further information, Clinical Faculty should review the full policy here PDF.

Application Process

Written application for Research Leave is to be made by the faculty member to the Faculty Dean not later than October 31 of the academic year preceding the leave.

Research leave applications should be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the Chair / Associate Dean, the completed form, along with additional documentation as indicated in the application.

The research leave applications are then submitted for approval to a) the appropriate School Council and then b) the Research Leave Committee which consists of the Provost, the Faculty Dean and the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Within four months of completion of the leave, the faculty member is required to submit a written report to the Dean of the Faculty on the accomplishments during the research leave. The report allows for proper evaluation of the faculty member's accomplishments while on leave.

Application Forms

FHS Research Leave - Candidate Application

FHS Research Leave - Chairs Evaluation

FHS Research Leave - Chairs Annual Summary

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