Mini-Sabbatical Grants

The Mini-Sabbatical program is designed to enable faculty to learn new technologies or build new collaborations for purposes such as: pursuing funding opportunities, building new collaborations for scholarly activities, developing new courses, or enhancing existing classes. All full-time tenured, tenure-track,  and non-tenure track faculty are eligible to apply. This program is focused on, but not limited to, mid-career faculty seeking to initiate new research and teaching endeavors. 

Click here for the Mini-Sabbatical Proposal form.

The mini-sabbatical program is designed to enable faculty to learn new technologies, or build new collaborations, for purposes such as:

  • Pursuing funding opportunities
  • Building new collaborations for scholarly activities
  • Developing new courses, or enhancing existing courses

The program seeks to provide the funding necessary to enable a short-term (less than or equal to two months') stay at an external location to achieve these ends. For example, you may propose to be a visiting scientist at a university where you'd like to build a network of colleagues to pursue funding opportunities, or spend time in an industrial setting to learn new technologies to bring to the classroom, or spend time at a national lab performing research. This program is not meant to augment or substitute for normal sabbaticals. 

All full-time tenure track, tenured, or non-tenure track faculty are eligible to apply. This program is focused on, but not limited to, mid-career faculty seeking to initate new research and teaching endeavors. Individuals are eligible to apply once per five-year period. 

CAFE expects to invest up to $40,000 per year to support this program. Awards are anticipated to be on the order of $5,000 to $8,000. Faculty are encouraged to seek matching funds to facilitate activites that would exceed this amount. Allowable costs include travel and accomodations at the proposed mini-sabbatical site. Salary funds would be considered if necessary for cost-sharing purposes. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis as long as funds are available. 

Submit a proposal to the CAFE office via email at cafe@mst.edu, or mail to 207 Norwood Hall. The proposal should contain the following information:

  • Cover sheet (name, department, phone/email, project title, date, date you started at S&T, signature, signature of department chair(s))
  • Mini-Sabbatical description (purpose, location, duration)
  • Expected outcomes
  • Budget with justification

Proposals will be reviewed by the CAFE team using the following evaluation criteria:

How does the proposed mini-sabbatical aid in the success of the faculty member? 

Is the budget specific, reasonable and justifiable? 

Awardees will be asked to complete a one-page report that summarizes the activities and outcomes of their mini-sabbatical. Reports can emailed to cafe@mst.edu.