Study Leave for Tenured Instructional Faculty

Study Leaves for Tenured Instructional Faculty, funded by the Provost, are intended to provide paid temporary leave for the support of advancing scholarly research, teaching, and/or creative activity, including the development of innovative teaching approaches and methods.  The college encourages its full-time, tenured faculty with six or more years of service to George Mason University to pursue this opportunity. 

Leave may be taken during the Fall or Spring semester of the academic year following announcement of the award.  Leave may be taken for one semester at full pay or two semesters at half pay.  The leave schedule must be approved by the department chair and Dean.

Applications for study leave for the 2022-2023 academic year must be submitted by email to the college (at by Friday, October 15, 2021

The guidelines for eligibility, study leave period, and required application materials are available at the link to the right, as is the cover page for the application.

Questions regarding the study leave program should be directed to Michele Schwietz, the college's associate dean for research.

  Conditions of the Award

  • A faculty member who receives a study leave must agree to remain a full-time employee of the University for at least one academic year after the conclusion of the leave.
  • At the completion of the study leave, faculty must submit a study leave report that describes the accomplishments made possible by the faculty study leave, as well as any continuing plans related to the scholarly work.  The report should be emailed to no later than August 1, 2023.