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Sabbatical Support Program

The Center provides each declared member of the Humanities Center Faculty conducting research or creative activity in the humanities funding for a variety of services and resources (up to a total cost of $1500) while he or she is on sabbatical leave.

Note: Assistant Professors taking a pre-promotion course releases should also see Pre-Promotion Grants.

Deadlines

Spring 2021: The Board will meet on the first Friday of each month in spring 2021. Please submit funding requests one week in advance of any given meeting, to ensure consideration. Spring deadlines fall on Jan. 29, Feb. 26, March 26, and Apr. 30. In general, requests for retroactive funding will not be considered, but faculty may inquire with the Director if extenuating circumstances arise.   

Available Resources

The grant will provide funding for a variety of research-related materials and services, and applicants should take note of the following special items:

  • Library privileges at the University of Iowa (available through an arrangement with the Center for Advanced Studies, a scholarly facility maintained on the Oakdale Campus of the University of Iowa).
  • A work-study student employed as a research assistant. The Center will support forty (40) hours of work at the rate approved by the Office of Professional and Career Development Services for the level of assistance required. The faculty member also may apply for additional assistance, if it will be applied to a specific and extensive project and if funds are available.
  • Travel, lodging, and per diem support for attending one conference, in addition to those supported by College or School resources, or for conducting research.

Additional Information

The Board will, as occasion demands, consider requests for a slightly higher level of support. The Board also reserves the right to adjust the maximum amount of support available to individual faculty members, without prior announcement, in response to the number of requests received.

Applicants may apply for this grant must submit a proposal, a budget, and a copy of their application for sabbatical leave, detailing the activities that the funding will support (travel, materials, services, etc.) related to the applicant's sabbatical plans.

Managing Expeditures

The Center for the Humanities requires funding recipients and Center-supported program/event organizers to observe Drake University accounting guidelines. The University's tax-free status depends upon uniform observance of these guidelines. Expenses incurred in contravention of these guidelines will not be reimbursed. For more information, please read our grant management page.

Reporting

Recipients of funding from the Center for the Humanities are asked to provide reports on the impact and effect of the activities funded.

Acknowledging the Center

The Center’s support should be acknowledged in the published work and, when possible, in announcements, presentations, and publicity materials connected to it. Please see the acknowledgments page for examples of appropriate formulations of acknowledgment.

Apply

To apply for grant programs funded through the Drake University Center for the Humanities, please use this new, Qualtrics-based application form.

If the form gives you any trouble at all, you can also email your application to the director of the center.

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