2020-21 Community Sabbatical Research Leave Grants

Humanities Institute - University of Texas at Austin

Deadline Extended for 2020-21 Community Sabbatical Research Leave Grants

Extended Application Deadline: Friday, June 26, 2020

The Humanities Institute at the University of Texas at Austin is proud to continue the groundbreaking program that supports ongoing research and intellectual work in the Austin non-profit community: The Community Sabbatical Research Leave Program. This year we are particularly interested in proposals for research on how nonprofits and their communities are affected by and responding to the COVID-19 epidemic, but we welcome applications on any research topic that will serve your organization or its constituents.

Many directors and professional staff of non-profit organizations suffer from a lack of time to reflect and develop their expertise in the face of on-going daily demands. This is all the more true in the time of COVID-19. The Community Sabbatical Research Leave Program responds to this dilemma by helping to carve out the time and intellectual space for deeper reflection, research, and discussion about a question that grantees are seeking to resolve for their organization and those it serves.

Community Sabbatical awardees receive a $5,000 stipend and are matched with one or two University faculty members or researchers with related interests who collaborate on the research project. Awardees also receive access to the University’s libraries, databases and archives. Awardees’ biographies and project descriptions are posted on the Humanities Institute’s website, and awardees become part of the Institute’s community.

Community Sabbatical awardees must be paid, full-time Executive Directors or staff members of nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organizations in Central Texas. The application, which can be found on our grants page here, includes a letter of support that must be signed by the Executive Director or Chair of the Board of the applicant’s organization. (Applicants may not sign on their own behalf.)

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the application deadline for the 2020-21 Community Sabbatical Grants has been extended to Friday, June 26, 2020.

For more information, please visit our website and view the application packet and the Featured Projects. For questions, please contact Kathryn North by email at knnorth@austin.utexas.edu or by phoning the Humanities Institute Office at 512-471-9056 during regular business hours.

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