Sabbatical Leave


Aerial view of the campanile at sunset

A sabbatical leave provides faculty with sustained time to do their research and creative activities, develop new courses or programs, acquire new qualifications and skills, and network with colleagues within and outside of the University. A sabbatical leave is not granted automatically. Each request for a sabbatical leave must include details such as the nature of the leave, location, scholarly work, and activities. 

Faculty members interested in applying for sabbatical leave should consult the Board of Regents and University guidelines and policies concerning sabbatical leaves.

Sabbatical Information

Sabbatical leave applications for the 2023-2024 Academic Year are due no later than Friday, October 28, 2022

Sabbatical Leave Deadlines

Below are important dates for the sabbatical leave process.

  • Applications for sabbatical leave should reach the Office of the Provost no later than FridayOctober 28, 2022, at 5 p.m., for sabbatical leaves during the 2023-2024 academic year. The individual schools, college, or divisions will establish specific earlier dates for submitting applications to allow for peer review, evaluation and endorsement before our October 28 deadline.
  • Any eligible faculty or academic staff member may submit an application for a sabbatical leave without the endorsement of the departmental chairperson, dean or director. Such applications must reach the Office of the Provost by Friday, August 26, 2022, at 5 p.m., and will be referred to the appropriate department/unit and/or school for comment. They will be treated in the same manner as other sabbatical leave applications. Completed applications may be sent via email to facultydev@ku.edu
  • Applications received after the published deadlines or incomplete applications will not be accepted for review.

Open Meeting 2022

The Provost’s Office held its annual open meeting via ZOOM for all interested faculty members, to discuss preparation and review of Sabbatical Leave applications.