Faculty Sabbatical Leave Program

Online application materials will be available on July 1, 2019.


To enable faculty members to engage in intensive study in order to become more effective teachers and scholars and to enhance their services to the University. Sabbatical leave may be granted for the purpose of enhancing teaching, course and curriculum development, or conducting research or any other scholarly activities related to instructional programs within the field of expertise of the faculty member.


The faculty member must be an assistant professor, associate professor or professor in any UW-Madison school/college or department; and have completed six or more years of full-time instructional service, or the equivalent, at the University of Wisconsin (excluding leaves of absence, regardless of funding source), and not have taken a sabbatical in the UW System during those six years.

Preference shall be given to those making significant contributions to teaching and those who have not had a leave of absence, regardless of funding source, during the prior four years.

Plans Available

Sabbatical leave for one semester of an academic year and receive from the School/College/ Department financial support at any level up to the faculty member's full salary compensation for that period. Sabbatical leave for a period of up to one academic year (and not cross academic years) and receive from the School/College/Department financial support at any level up to sixty-five percent* of salary for that period, in accordance with the faculty member's school/college policies.

*Note: percentage of salary compensation may vary from college to college.