Sponsored Leaves

The following is a sampling of organizations and agencies that offer fellowship and other types of leave funding.   

If you need assistance or guidance with your application, please contact the Office of the Provost.  

For more information about applying for and taking a sponsored leave of absence, consult the Section 35.2 of the Faculty Manual.

  • AAUW Selected Professions Fellowship. http://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/educational-funding-and-awards/selected-professions-fellowships/ AAUW Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded to women who intend to pursue or are enrolled in full-time study at accredited U.S. institutions through a designated degree program in which women's participation traditionally has been low.
  • ACE Fellows. http://www.acenet.edu/leadership/programs/Pages/ACE-Fellows-Program.aspx.  A customized learning experience that enables participants to immerse themselves in the culture, policies, and decision making processes of another institution.
  • American Council of Learned Societies. http://www.acls.org/ACLS continues to be the leading private institution supporting scholars in the humanities and related social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels. For the purpose of these competitions, the humanities and related social sciences include but are not limited to American studies; anthropology; archaeology; art history and architectural history; classics; economics; ethnic studies; film; gender studies; geography; history; languages and literatures; legal studies; linguistics; musicology; philosophy; political science; psychology; religious studies; rhetoric, communication, and media studies; sociology; and theater, dance, and performance studies. With the exception of the Public Fellows program, an individual may apply to as many fellowship and grant programs as are suitable.
  • American-Scandinavian Foundation: http://www.amscan.org. The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) is the leading cultural and educational link between the U.S. and Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. An American non-profit organization, the ASF works to build international understanding with an extensive program of fellowships, grants, intern/trainee sponsorship, publishing and membership offerings.
  • Amgen Scholars. http://www.amgenscholars.eu/  provides hundreds of undergraduate students with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on research experience in science and biotechnology at ten of the nation’s leading educational institutions (California Institute of Technology, Columbia University/Barnard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Stanford University, University of California-Berkeley, University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-San Francisco, Washington University in St. Louis and National Institutes of Health).  Financial support varies by university. 
  • Austrian Teaching Assistants. https://www.usta-austria.at/   College and University graduates will work as teaching assistants in secondary schools across Austria. U.S. teaching assistants not only enhance the instruction of English as native speakers; they also are important resources for first-hand information about the "American way of life" and act as representatives of the United States. 
  • Blakemore Freeman Fellowships: http://www.blakemorefoundation.org.  The Blakemore Freeman Fellowships fund an academic year of advanced language study abroad of Chinese, Japanese, Korean and selected Southeast Asian languages. Since 1990, the Foundation has awarded over $14 million in language grants to individuals using an East or Southeast Asian language in their careers. Superior candidates pursuing careers in fields such as STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), international business, accounting, law, medicine, journalism, architecture, teaching, social or NGO work, government service, and academia are encouraged to apply. An applicant must have (at minimum) a bachelor's degree and have completed at least three years of study of the language at the college level by the start of the grant. Blakemore Refresher Grants provide individuals in mid-career an opportunity to refresh their advanced Asian language skills by attending a full-time language program for a summer or semester.
  • Boeing Company Global Corporate Citizenship. http://www.boeing.com/principles/community-engagement.page  Support is given to organizations involved with arts and culture, civic engagement, early learning and primary/secondary education, the environment, and health and human services
  • Boren Fellowship. http://www.borenawards.org/boren_fellowship/basics.html  Boren Fellowships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. 
  • Bosch Foundation Fellowship. http://www.culturalvistas.org/programs-for-students-and-professionals/professional-fellowships/robert-bosch-foundation-fellowship-program  The Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program is a distinguished transatlantic initiative that offers fifteen accomplished Americans the opportunity to complete a comprehensive professional development program in Germany. The Bosch Fellowship is comprised of three main components: customized practical placements, professional seminars, and German language training.
  • Broadcom Foundation www.broadcomfoundation.org  The foundation supports programs designed to advance STEM education; inspire youth to pursue careers in engineering; close the STEM education gap among women, ethnic, and minority populations; create opportunities for volunteerism and civic engagement among Broadcom employees; and strengthen Broadcom Corporation social responsibility and global citizenship.
  • Brown and Caldwell Scholarships. http://www.brownandcaldwell.com/scholarships.asp
  • Center for Emerging Visual Artists www.cfeva.org  This program provides fellowships to advance the professional development of a selected group of emerging visual artists, while encouraging their participating in the region's communities. Fellows are selected anonymously by an esteemed board of artistic advisors each fall. Selection is based on the merit of the artwork submitted and a brief statement.
  • Coro Fellowship http://www.corofellowship.org/  The Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs is a full-time, nine-month, graduate-level experiential leadership-training program that prepares diverse, intelligent and committed individuals for effective and ethical leadership in the public affairs arena. Unconventional by traditional academic standards, the Fellows Program is rigorous and demanding, an unparalleled opportunity for personal and professional growth. The Fellows Program is offered in Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and St. Louis.
  • J. Samuel & Rose Y. Cox Foundation.  620 Liberty Ave. No. 10th Fl.
    Pittsburgh, PA United States 15222.  
  • Critical Language Scholarship Program: http://clscholarship.orgThe Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. 
  • DAAD Study Scholarships: https://www.daad.org/en/find-funding/graduate-opportunities/.  Highly qualified final year undergraduate students or those who have received an undergraduate degree of all disciplines may apply for the DAAD Study Scholarship for a full master's degree program at a German university or for a study at a German university as part of a postgraduate or Master's degree program completed in the home country. 
  • Davis Fellows for Peace (Middlebury)  http://www.davisfellowsforpeace.org/  Established in 2007 by the late Kathryn Wasserman Davis, Fellows for Peace is an investment in students and professionals poised to create change.  Each summer, the program provides funding for 100 aspiring and experienced peacemakers to attend the Middlebury Language Schools, and for a group of Davis United World College Scholars to study at the Monterey Institute.
  • Davis Projects for Peace http://www.davisprojectsforpeace.org/  Upon the occasion of her 100th birthday, international philanthropist Kathryn W. Davis chose to celebrate by committing $1 million to Projects for Peace. Now in its ninth year, Projects for Peace continues to support and encourage today's motivated youth to create and test their own ideas for building peace. 
  • Davis-Putter Scholarship  http://www.davisputter.org/  The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund provides grants to students actively working for peace and justice. These need-based scholarships are awarded to those able to do academic work at the university level and who are part of the progressive movement on the campus and in the community. 
  • Dorot Fellowship: https://www.dorot.org/FellowshipThe Dorot Fellowship seeks to enliven the American Jewish landscape by seeding the community with a cadre of outstanding young lay leaders who will create new forms, and reinvigorate existing forms, of Jewish expression.
  • Echoing Green Fellowships.  http://www.echoinggreen.org/fellowship. Echoing Green will provide more than $4.6 million in unrestricted seed-stage funding and strategic foundational support this year to emerging leaders working to bring about positive social change.
  • Emerson Hunger Fellowship.  http://www.hungercenter.org/fellowships/emerson/ The Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship, a project of the Congressional Hunger Center, is a unique leadership development opportunity for motivated individuals seeking to make a difference in the struggle to eliminate hunger and poverty. Each year 16 to 20 participants are selected for this eleven-month program. 
  • Environmental Leadership Program, Inc. www.elpnet.org  The fellowship provides training, project support, and a vibrant peer network to individuals each year from all sectors of the environmental field (including nonprofits, business, government, and higher education) in three key areas: community and diversity; media and communications; and collaborations, coalitions, and strength-based leadership. 
  • Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program.  http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/scholarships/hollings.html#page=programThe Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to a maximum of $9,500 per year) for full-time study during the 9-month academic year; a 10-week, full-time internship position ($700/week) during the summer at a NOAA facility; and academic assistance (up to a maximum of $9,500) for full-time study during a second 9-month academic year.
  • Ford Foundation Fellowship. http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/FordFellowships/index.htm  Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.
  • Fulbright Grant. http://us.fulbrightonline.org/. Awarded for post-graduate research and study abroad. Grants provide round-trip transportation, tuition (if applicable), books and living expenses for one academic year, usually in one country. There are grants available to more than 100 countries in Europe, the Near East, Africa, Central and South America, and the Asia/Pacific region. Grants are also available in some countries for work in the creative and performing arts. 
  • Gates Cambridge. https://www.gatescambridge.org. A global scholarship at Cambridge University for intellectually outstanding postgraduate students with a capacity for leadership and a commitment to improving the lives of others.
  • Gilman International Scholarship. http://www.iie.org/en/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program#.V6SWOWVc1Q4.  The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
  • Hertz Foundation. http://hertzfoundation.org/default.aspx. Providing unique financial and fellowship support to the nation’s most remarkable PhD students in the physical, biological and engineering sciences. Hertz Fellows become innovators and leaders serving in ways that benefit us all. 
  • Humanity In Action Fellowship. http://www.humanityinaction.org/programs/14-hia-fellowship  Intensive and demanding, the Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of university students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as examples of issues affecting different minority groups today.
  • Independence Foundation  http://independencefoundation.org/about-us/ The Fellowships in the Arts is an opportunity for exceptional artists to take a key step forward in their professional development. This is the primary goal of the program. Artists are encouraged to be creative in discovering the best possible way to expand their artistic horizons. There are no set boundaries for what is possible or what types of projects might be funded. However, a successful project should be well designed and of maximum practical value to the artist. 
  • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. http://www.gf.org/. The Foundation offers Fellowships to further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions and irrespective of race, color, or creed. The Foundation receives between 3,500 and 4,000 applications each year. Although no one who applies is guaranteed success in the competition, there is no prescreening: all applications are reviewed. Approximately 200 Fellowships are awarded each year.
  • Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust. http://www.dekarman.org. The Josephine De Karman Fellowship Trust was established in 1954 by the late Dr. Theodore Von Karman, world renowned aeronautics expert and teacher and first director of the Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, in memory of his sister, Josephine, who passed away in 1951.  The purpose of this Fellowship program is to recognize and assist students whose scholastic achievements reflect Professor Von Karman’s high standards.
  • Knowles Science Teaching Foundation. http://kstf.org. The KSTF Teaching Fellows Program awards exceptional young men and women with five-year, early-career Fellowships, empowering them to become primary agents of educational improvement. These “backbone” teachers reach thousands of students each year, take on leadership roles improving math and science education from the classroom and strengthen the teaching profession.
  • Eugene M. Lang Foundation  912 5th Ave., Ste. 4B New York City, NY United States 10021-4147   Project Pericles.  This program encourages and facilitates commitments by colleges and universities to include education for social responsibility, and participatory citizenship as an essential part of their educational programs, in and out of the classroom.
  • Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship. http://www.state.gov/p/io/unesco/programs/143138.htm  The fellowship will help fund a proposal designed by the applicant to conduct brief work in a foreign country related to the mandate of UNESCO – using education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and/or communication and information to build strong ties among nations. The fellowship is intended for American college/university students who express an interest in international collaboration but as of yet had not been afforded many opportunities to travel abroad.
  • The Library of Congress. https://www.loc.gov/hr/employment/index.php?action=cMain.showFellowshipsThere are many internship, fellowship, and volunteer program opportunities throughout the Library. This site allows applicants to search for various opportunities.
  • Loewy Family Foundation Inc.. 80 Wall St., No. 1018, New York City, NY United States 10005-3601  Giving primarily for higher education.
  • The Benjamin and Mary Siddons Measey Foundation, 225 N. Olive St., P.O. Box 258, Media, PA United States 19063-2810  Grants to medical schools in Philadelphia for scholarships and fellowships.
  • The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. https://mellon.org/. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports a wide range of initiatives to strengthen the humanities, arts, higher education, and cultural heritage. 
  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowships. http://www.neh.gov/grants/research/fellowships. Fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources in the humanities. Projects may be at any stage of development.
  • New Israel Fund Social Justice Fellowship. http://www.nif.org/ways-to-help/apply-for-fellowships/.  The NIF/SHATIL Social Justice Fellowships enable a cadre of post-college Jewish young adults to spend 10 months immersed in the movement for social change in Israel. These Fellowships, which include a modest stipend, place young Jewish activists in Israeli NGOs for a year of in-depth contribution and learning. 
  • Phillips Foundation, Inc.  www.thephillipsfoundation.org  The foundation awards college scholarships to college undergraduates, and fellowships to working print and online journalists.
  • Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans. https://www.pdsoros.org The purpose of the Fellowship is to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields and to partake of the American dream. The program was established in recognition of the contributions New Americans have made to American life and in gratitude for the opportunities the United States afforded the founders of the Fellowship, Paul & Daisy Soros.
  • Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship. http://scoville.org  The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship, established in 1987, is a highly-competitive national fellowship program that provides recent college and graduate school alumni with the opportunity to gain a Washington perspective on key issues of peace and security. Twice yearly, the fellowship’s  Board of Directors selects a group of outstanding individuals to spend six to  nine months in Washington. Supported by a salary, the fellows serve as full-time junior staff members at the participating organization of their choice.
  • The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program, http://smart.asee.org. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories.
  • Smithsonian – Office of Fellowships and Internships. http://www.smithsonianofi.com/. The Office of Fellowships and Internships has central management and administrative responsibility for the Smithsonian Institution’s programs of research, internships, fellowships and other scholarly appointments.  One of its primary objectives is the facilitation of SI’s scholarly interactions with students and scholars at universities, museums, and other research institutions around the world.  OFI administers Institution-wide research support programs, and encourages and assists other Smithsonian museums, research institutes, and research offices in the development of additional fellowships and visiting appointments.
  • Society of Women Engineers Scholarship.  https://scholarships.swe.org/applications/login.asp  The SWE Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to women studying baccalaureate or graduate programs, in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science. In 2015, SWE awarded approximately 220 new and renewed scholarships valued at over $660,000.
  • Stoneleigh Foundation  www.stoneleighfoundation.org  The foundation exists to improve the life outcomes of vulnerable children and youth. The foundation targets young people impacted by violence as well as those in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems—or at risk of involvement in those systems. The foundation meets its mission through fellowship awards that support accomplished individuals working to improve these systems through research, policy change, or practice improvement.
  • Urban Fellows Program. http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/html/work/urbanfellows.shtml  The Urban Fellows Program is sponsored by The City of New York and administered by the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS). The program is designed to introduce America's finest college students and graduates to local government and public service.