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Tenure-Track Research Leave

The Tenure-Track Research Leave Program guarantees all tenure-track faculty members one semester free from teaching and service obligations once they have submitted an approved research proposal to an external funding agency or organization. This program enables faculty members to pursue ambitious research programs, while supporting institutional excellence. While the information below describes the program in detail, the office of research and sponsored programs is available to answer questions as well as guide faculty members through the grant-seeking process.

Application Process

Please note that this application is a three-step process.

Faculty members should become acquainted with the guidelines early in their first year. The timeline provides guidance on the process of applying. The FAQ provides additional helpful information. It is recommended to begin the process early.

Step 1: Submit and receive approval for a pre-application.

Step 2: Submit a proposal to an external funding organization, adhering to Loyola's routing policy.

Step 3: Submit a final request designating the semester in which the leave will be taken. The final request must be submitted no later than the last Monday in October for leave the following fall semester and no later than the last business day of February for leave the following spring semester.


  • Deadline for Fall 2025 leave: October 30, 2024
  • Deadline for Spring 2026 leave: February 28, 2025
  • Deadline for Fall 2025 leave: October 28, 2024

Additional Resources


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